Hurth / Cologne (ots)
The FDP would like to promote digitalisation in the health sector, confirms Susanne Schneider, spokesperson for the health policy of the state FDP, in the program “We choose health”. according to Dr Frank Renken, head of Dortmund’s health department, says this is urgent in his department. So far, Renken sees no profit in the national computer software for health authorities, SORMAS: “Something that doesn’t work is advertised here. We don’t think it’s worth it for developers to market a product that works.”
More nursing staff and concentration of specialist skills in hospitals were other central themes of the program, which can be previewed on the health tv channel YouTube and will air on linear television on Sundays at 1pm.
Health authorities: no network possible – SORMAS still with shortcomings
“SORMAS is unable to communicate with the health authorities, it is absurd”, criticizes Dr. Frank Renken the IT management system and explains further: “We have to switch to other channels for fast communication, we still have to write emails.” Susanne Schneider says the nationwide introduction of the software program for health authorities has been a challenge in times of pandemic. She sees this as a digitization opportunity and explains “we must continue on this path and show the benefits”.
The FDP wants to create another important interface with the restructuring of the State Health Center into “the State Health Office with extended competencies”. “The pandemic has shown us where there are problems and that we need a place where everything is brought together properly,” says Schneider Dr. Frank Renken, Vice President of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Association of Public Health Service Physicians, argues. vehemently this facility: “We have been waiting and asking for a state-level health authority for 15 years and I am delighted with every step, no matter how small, that is taken in this direction.”
Nursing: The nursing profession needs to become more attractive
Better working conditions for staff in the care sector is one of the objectives of the FDP. Schneider sees an opportunity in greater digitalization through smart hospital beds and robotics. “There is a lack of staff, that’s the most important thing,” explains Andreas Hustadt, president of the North Rhine Medical Service, which among other things carries out annual quality checks in nursing homes. “Nursing professions need to become more attractive and, above all, be well paid,” says Hustadt. It is also important to allow existing staff to combine family and career. “People leave care because of shift work.” The economist sees here an urgent need for action and points out “that in the next year there will be ten percent more requests for assistance, five percent of which will be new applications”. Susanne Schneider sees a reduced apprenticeship as an opportunity to overcome the bottleneck. “We found that three-year nursing training is not required for all activities.” A one-year apprenticeship would allow access to the nursing profession that cannot afford a “very complex and highly technical” three-year apprenticeship.
Hospital planning: focus on service providers
“We want to improve quality,” says health politician Schneider. “It makes no sense that a hospital does 100 even a month and another ten kilometers away only ten. It makes no sense.” There is a need for more structure here and “above all, rural areas need to be better connected,” Schneider continued. Andreas Hustadt certifies that the North Rhine region has a large and well-established supply structure. He advises to “continue to focus on specialized centers”, but at the same time he reports personnel problems. The structural review showed: “When hospitals require services to become highly qualified performance centers, they often fail because they have too few skilled staff, such as psychotherapists or occupational therapists, to ensure good quality of treatment.”
The talk moderated by Birgit Lechtermann is part of the new season of “We choose health”. In an exchange with state politicians and industry experts, Health TV examines the health policies for which the CDU, SPD, FDP, Greens and Left Party are campaigning in the NRW elections on May 15, 2022.
date of transmission
“Let’s Choose Health – State Elections in NRW”, Green Health Policy Goals, Sunday, May 1, 2022, 1:00 pm (repeat, Monday, 7:00 pm), first on YouTube.
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