While welcoming progress on addressing health and care staffing issues, public services union ver.di is calling for major improvements to the hospital care relief bill. The union worked with the German Hospital Association and the German Nursing Council to develop the PPR 2.0 instrument for needs-based personnel assessment in nursing and argues that this should form the basis of the legislation and not be mentioned only in the explanatory memorandum. Ver.di says that the basis for staffing must be the care needs of patients and these should be clearly formulated in the law, with minimum standards adhered to nationwide by every provider, with no loopholes. The union says that its members and their many protests and actions in recent years have been central to achieving this progress and that the union must be involved in the next steps to ensure that effective, binding and needs-based personnel requirements are established.
Union calls for strengthening of care staffing requirements bill
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