Berlin - 1,275 hospitals in Germany have received funding from the special hygiene program since 2013. That is around 84 percent of the 1,522 clinics that are eligible to apply. The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds referred to this today with reference to.
According to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance, the facilities have received around 225 million euros so far. With 154 million euros, around two thirds of the previous funds were allocated to agreements on the employment of hygiene specialists, hospital hygienists and hygiene officers.
Correct use still has to be checked
Whether the funding has actually been used accordingly and, for example, new hygiene staff positions have been created according to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds can only be determined retrospectively by the respective annual audit of the clinics. "This is the only way to reliably prove the correct use of funds," it said.
For the current report, data from the annual audits of 2013, 2014 and 2015 have been evaluated. So far, confirmations have been received for around 41 percent of the funds agreed in these three years. In addition, the hospitals have verifiably filled around half of the agreed positions with hygiene specialists. Further confirmations are pending.
The federal government's special hygiene program, which runs until 2023, aims to employ promote qualified hygiene personnel. A funding volume of over 460 million euros is available until 2023. The money is to be used by hospitals to employ qualified hygiene staff, but also to pay for further training for nurses and doctors as well as external consultations. Only hospitals that have not yet met the mandatory personnel and organizational requirements for the prevention of nosocomial infections are entitled to funding from the special hygiene program to protect dangerous pathogens. Even the special hygiene program does not relieve hospitals of this responsibility for the well-being of their patients, ”warned Johann-Magnus von Stackelberg, deputy chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds. Rather, it is time-limited, additional help from the contributors to the hospitals, which should also use it to better care for the patients.