ROUNDUP / Paediatricians: With a new test obligation threatens the collapse of the practices

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VIERSEN (dpa-AFX) – Pediatricians in Germany are vehemently protesting against a new obligation according to which their staff must be tested daily for Corona. The pediatricians were stunned by the medically nonsensical new regulation in the amended Infection Protection Act, which could lead to the closure of many practices, warned the professional association of paediatricians (BVKJ) in North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday. Patients – i.e. children and adolescents – are exempt from this.

According to the BVKJ, accompanying persons – i.e. parents – must also be tested in order to gain access to the pediatrician’s practice. On this point, however, the Federal Ministry of Health expressly contradicted: “The test obligation relates to employees of practices, but not to patients and accompanying persons,” clarified a spokesman. Nevertheless, there was confusion on Wednesday.

In a letter from the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) on Tuesday, it says: “In practices and other health facilities, employers, employees and visitors must submit a daily antigen test from Wednesday – regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or recovered.” The BVKJ chairwoman of North Rhine-Westphalia, Christiane Thiele, also referred to information from the North Rhine National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, which states: “Accompanying persons of patients are legally regarded as” visitors “.” You would need to be vaccinated, recovered, or tested.


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