Berlin - “The broad participation of top representatives from state and federal institutions is sign of recognition and acceptance of the achievements of the Berlin Medical Association. It is both an incentive and an obligation for the future. ”With these words the President of the, Günther Jonitz, honored the ceremony on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Chamber. It was celebrated on February 7th in the glass courtyard of the Jewish Museum in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The Berlin Medical Association is also located in this district.
Its first assembly of delegates met on February 7, 1963 for its constituent meeting. It was and is the youngest state medical association in the Federal Republic of Germany. With 14 full-time employees, she was initially responsible for 5,100 chamber members. Today almost 100 employees look after around 29,000 doctors in the capital.
Your special role as "Capital Chamber" After reunification, she had done justice by repeatedly providing health policy impulses for the well-being of patients, stressed Chamber President Jonitz on the occasion of the anniversary. "This includes dealing with the responsibility of the medical profession under National Socialism as well as addressing the work situation of young doctors or establishing groundbreaking topics such as evidence-based medicine and patient safety." the work of the chamber expressly: "Thank you for what has been achieved in the last 50 years." The chamber ensures that the people in the city are well cared for, he emphasized: "We can be happy that we can Have large number of doctors. ”Wowereit also emphasized that the health system is a“ hard ”economic factor in the city, which is facing major challenges: For long time, it was thought that Berlin would get older and stagnate in terms of population. In the last two years, however, around 40,000 new residents have been added, with an upward trend: in ten years “we can build whole new district”. This change must be shaped, said the mayor: "The medical association will make its contribution."
Health Senator Mario Czaja (CDU) emphasized that 50 years of chamber work stand for "expertise, political and social commitment". The multitude of projects and impulses from the medical profession have left their mark on Berlin. Czaja also expressly praised “the critical examination of the role of the medical profession in the Third Reich”. The future task of the chamber and politics is to make the health system in Berlin fit for the future. He cited imbalances in outpatient care as an example of one of the challenges.