Munich - The shortage of young family doctors not only jeopardizes regular patient care, but also puts strain on the general on-call service. The (BHÄV) reports in its newsletter. An example of this is Dillingen in Swabia: According to the association, two standby groups were dissolved there - namely those in Höchstädt and Holzheim - so that both areas now have to be looked after by the family doctors of the Dillingen standby group. "The doctor on duty now only covers an area from Oberliezheim to Glött, including all homes," explained Alexander Zaune, board member of the BHÄV, in an interview with the Donauzeitung.
The core element of the new on-call duty is that at least 15 doctors must be in duty group in order to make the duty frequency bearable. Doctors over 62 years of age could be exempt from duty. “The services are more intensive, but the frequency is lower. We can live with that in the moment. It remains to be seen whether it will also be good for the youngsters, ”said Zaunes assessment.