NRW pediatricians demand Lauterbach’s resignation

Karl Lauterbach is accused of breaking his promise to the child and youth doctor of the Bundestag. © photo alliance/dpa

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Pediatricians in North Rhine-Westphalia have accused Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach of breaking his word during an acute crisis and called for his resignation. The minister promised in the Bundestag on Monday that every service provided by pediatricians would be paid at fixed prices and that the budget for this would be “immediately suspended”, the SPD’s professional associations (BVKJ) North Rhine and Westphalia-Lipp were quoted as saying. said the politician.

Lauterbach broke his word on the same day. Meanwhile, BVKJ Nordrhein state president Christiane Thiel spoke of “extremely overtime” and “overcrowded” pediatric practices.

“If we don’t know how our work is being paid, or we know for a fact that no further activity will be paid due to NRW’s budgets,” then “the obligation to continue patient care no longer applies.” This was emphasized in the statement issued by the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) Westfalen-Lippe on Wednesday evening. President Markus Heidemann asked Lauterbach.

Professional association threatens to stop supply services

Thiel announced. “Working for free is now over.” Without quick clarification, one can call for “significantly reduced healthcare delivery and from January treat acute patients only with emergency representation in a few practices in the region” that he is endangering people’s lives and health. the smallest citizens of our country”.

Accusation: Lauterbach broke promises

The associations accuse Lauterbach of writing to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the statutory health insurance companies, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds, to actually “behind the scenes” of his promise to get rid. Bundestag: With such an approach, he destroys trust in politics.

The German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine warned on Tuesday that barriers to pediatric medicine will worsen over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, president of the World Medical Association, expects the crisis in children’s medicine to last until February.


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