Berlin - A Berlin initiative calls for better hospitals and has collected thousands of signatures for it. Around 47,500 signatures were collected for referendum, said spokesman Kalle Kunkel today. You have now submitted the signatures to the Senate Administration. Previously also.
The alliance, which is also supported by the Verdi union, requires, among other things, binding personnel codes in nursing.
So far, such requirements have only been regulated in few exceptions, for example in the intensive care unit for premature babies, said Kunkel. The initiative also calls for more money for clinics. She has written bill for this.
By submitting the signatures, the group could take first step towards Take referendum - provided that enough signatures are valid. Because to initiate referendum, you need at least 20,000 valid signatures from Berlin voters. The number of signatures and legal questions are now checked by the internal administration.
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If the application is admissible, the House of Representatives has the possibility of adopting the bill. If it does not do that, the actual referendum follows. It is successful if at least seven percent of those eligible to vote agree in four months - around 170,000 Berliners. Then referendum would follow, in which citizens vote like an election.
The legislative proposal must now be legally examined, said Health Senator Dilek Kolat (SPD). "Then we will see what leeway we have at the state level." She also advocates more nursing staff and investments in clinics.