Berlin (German news agency) – The Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) wants to implement changes to the planned hospital reform in the Bundesrat if necessary. There is still a need for improvement in central points, so he hopes for improvements in the parliamentary process in the Bundestag, the CSU politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Wednesday editions).
If the law then comes to the Bundesrat, he sees “there still room for maneuver” for the states. “In case of doubt, the Federal Constitutional Court can still come into play here.” Holetschek also called on the federal government to examine before the votes in parliament what the specific consequences of the reform would be for the regions and thus for the local patients. In addition, it is important not to think of the reform in isolation from the question of the shortage of skilled workers. The working conditions of nurses would have to change for the reform to be a success. In this context, Holetschek suggested making salary components for nursing staff tax-free and thus improving payment. Bavaria was the only country to vote against the reform concept of Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) on Monday. Schleswig-Holstein had abstained.