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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The summer corona wave and the associated sickness absence are clearly causing problems in many clinics in Germany. Only in a few federal states does the situation seem somewhat calmer at the moment, according to a survey by a German news agency. However, the overarching tenor is: This fall can reach its climax.

Crown absences and a general lack of skilled workers, combined with the current leave periods, now weigh on many hospitals and already affect patients in some cases. In Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and some other Länder, less urgent operations had to be postponed due to a lack of hospital staff.

The number of Covid 19 patients in intensive care units has been increasing again for some time. On Wednesday, the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi) reported 1,238 seriously ill people treated with Covid-19 in intensive care units. That’s 25 more than the day before. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned in the evening, referring to the increasing number of cases and the staff shortage: “In the fall, the range of infections we can afford is not great.” Germany is by no means endemic.

“There are more and more absences in clinics, not all over the world, but selectively. In some clinics, absenteeism amounts to 20 to 30 percent of staff, ”says Eduard Fuchshuber of the Bavarian Hospital Society (BKG). Either the workers themselves are infected or they have to look after the children who are home because of the Corona.

The Baden-Württemberg Hospital Association (BWKG) also addresses the shortage of skilled workers and assumes that 10 to 15 percent of hospital beds cannot currently be occupied, although the coronation situation is still relatively stable. The situation would worsen if new corona waves or flu emerged, warns BWKG CEO Matthias Einwag.

More and more coronavirus cases and employee sick leave are already being felt in Berlin hospitals. “The workforce has already been significantly reduced due to infection and quarantine,” says Marc Schreiner, managing director of the Berlin Hospital Society.

In hospitals in Schleswig-Holstein, corona infections are also worsening the workforce. According to the managing director of a hospital company in Schleswig-Holstein, Patrick Reimund, around 1,000 of the approximately 40,000 workers are missing because of the crown.

There is also a general shortage of skilled workers related to the crown in North Rhine-Westphalia. The situation is exacerbated by strikes in university hospitals that have been going on for weeks. However, the NRW Ministry of Health assessed the situation as “tense but doable”.

In Hamburg, the situation is not yet cause for concern, despite the sick leave of workers. “At the current level, we are still able to guarantee care in all medical areas at the Asclepios clinics in Hamburg,” said a spokesman. However, in a few individual cases, scheduled examinations and treatments had to be postponed at short notice due to unforeseen staff shortages that could not be compensated immediately.

The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) opposed a possible reduction in isolation times for infected clinic workers. “The risk of an employee infecting the patient is much greater than the benefits of their job,” said Gernot Marx CEO of Die Zeit.

In some federal states and their clinics, the situation is quieter: for example, in the large hospitals in Brandenburg, there are still no bottlenecks due to lack of staff. There, the incidence among staff is comparable to that of the same period last year, and the clinic so far is well-balanced, said Potsdam Clinic spokeswoman Ernst von Bergmann./djj/DP/he

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