Berlin - In the Berlin health authorities, more than 500 positions can currently not be filled; 55 of them are doctor's offices. This was announced today in Berlin by the Marburger Bund (MB) doctors' union. The public health service (ÖGD) is reaching the limits of its ability to work, warned MB state chairman Peter Bobbert.
According to Bobbert, the gap between the collective wages in the hospitals and what doctors do in the is partly responsible for the personnel emergency Earn ÖGD. "The doctors in the health authorities have around 1,000 euros less gross per month than in the clinics," said Bobbert.
Psychiatrist position advertised twelve times in vain
The managing director of the described that there is an urgent need for action by the doctors of the public health service, Claudia Kaufhold, using few examples. Due to the lack of staff, there is hardly district in Berlin in which school enrollment examinations can be carried out in good time before school starts.
Need for support in children can therefore be recognized too late. Above all, children from socially disadvantaged families are the ones who suffer, who take preventive medical examinations from pediatricians less often than their peers from better-off families.
In some cases, visits to medical practices can no longer take place as prescribed. Of good 1,000 practices in which outpatient surgery is carried out, only 84 were checked by the medical officers last year. The city's social psychiatric service is particularly affected by the shortage of doctors, without whose expert opinion no patient could be forcibly admitted to psychiatric clinic.
"In Berlin district, only 1.7 of five psychiatric positions are occupied," said Kaufhold. A psychiatrist position there had been advertised twelve times in vain within year. "We have done lot to improve the image of the medical officers and recruited young people from students, but we cannot change the pay," explained Kaufhold.
MB Managing Director Armin Ehl does not think it is understandable that the Countries as employers who count medical officers to the administration and therefore refuse to have doctor-specific collective agreements. "Doctors are doctors are doctors," said Ehl. "The difference between the salaries must be abolished."
Health Senator announces allowances
Meanwhile, Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kolat (SPD) has told the dpa news agency that to want to close the pay gap of public doctors by paying allowances. For the time being, Berlin will go its own way because the collective bargaining community of the federal states to which Berlin belongs rejects doctor-specific collective agreements. But these are still the goal of the red-red-green Senate, explained Kolat. The MB is skeptical of such allowances because they can be withdrawn at any time.