The conditions in German clinics are dramatic: there are no beds, and there is also a lack of staff and medication. Health Minister Lauterbach promises support. Together with Berlin’s Mayor Franziska Giffey, he appeared before the press on Friday.

In view of the alarming conditions in German pediatric medicine, Berlin’s Mayor Franziska Giffey and the Federal Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, visited the Berlin Charité on Friday. At 11.40 a.m. they appear together in front of the press. FOCUS online accompanies the statements in the live ticker. Also present is the Chairman of the Board of Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Heyo K. Kroemer, and the Board of Management of Health Care, Martin E. Kreis.

11:54 a.m .: “Germany is one of the few large countries that does not have a special children’s clinic,” says Lauterbach. He therefore proposes building such a clinic. The Charité does not have the premises for this – but the level. In countries like Canada, the USA, but also in neighboring European countries, this has long been the norm. That’s the end of the press statement. Thanks for reading along!

11:52 a.m .: Health Minister Lauterbach praises the “world-class performance” of the Charité. But: “There is not enough space, there are not enough people.” In addition, the financing is not sufficient, since they are paid for by the case flat rate. “That is not enough.”

11.50 a.m .: Then Giffey appeals to the people: 112 should only be dialed in life-threatening situations, otherwise it should be 116117. In Berlin, the parents’ note of apology is also valid, and in most cases a doctor’s certificate is not necessary.

11.48 a.m .: “It’s about recognizing this work and improving the conditions.” The federal states and the federal government work closely together to achieve this. Lauterbach nods. Giffey says thank you for his “hospital reform” and wants to remedy the structural deficits of recent years.

11.46 a.m .: The press statement begins. “There is a great need for staff and premises,” says Franziska Giffey. Long-term and short-term solutions are needed. You would need a new children’s clinic in Berlin for that. There are currently only 13 intensive care beds for children. “That must be at least doubled.”