Union calls for urgent action on health and care staffing


Following a government report on nursing and care, services union ver.di has called for urgent action for a long-term solution to understaffing across health and care institutions, particularly in light of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with hospital and care associations the union has already put forward a process for assessing staffing needs in hospitals and says that an academic proposal for evaluating staffing levels in eldercare has identified the need for an extra 100000 staff. Ver.di argues that measures are needed on training and pay and working conditions. It says that more support is needed for trainees, many of whom fail to complete their courses and warns that they should not be used as stopgaps for staffing shortages.

ver.di (DE)

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