PoliticsSick leave by phone is still possible

Sick leave by phone is still possible

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The regulation on sick leave by phone will be further expanded. On the one hand, this is due to the ongoing corona epidemic and the approaching cold and flu season.


Given the corona crisis and flu season, it’s still possible to take sick leave until spring for cold symptoms without the need for an extra visit to the office.

Certificate of inability to work by phone is still possible

A joint federal committee of doctors, health insurance companies and clinics decided on Thursday to extend a special arrangement that runs until the end of the month until March 31, 2023. Certificates of inability to work due to minor respiratory illnesses continue for up to seven days after a telephone conversation with doctors and can be extended for up to seven additional calendar days.

The discussion about easing corona protection requirements continues. The Federal Joint Committee explained that it is currently difficult to predict how the number of cases of corona patients in hospitals will develop in the coming months. “What’s worse, we’re facing cold and flu season,” said President Josef Hecken. This means relying on safety for patients and practice personnel.

Hecken pointed, above all, to chronic patients who have to go to the doctor’s office more often than others and who need particular protection from preventable infections. When sick leave is granted over the phone, practices will have an easy-to-implement option to distinguish between mild and severe cases of illness and prevent waiting rooms from filling up.

Elimination of corona requirements in discussion

In the debate about the elimination of daily necessities, CDU leader Friedrich Merz supported the decision of several federal states to lift the requirement to isolate people infected with corona. Corona rules are only required “to a very limited extent”.

Everyone infected with Corona no longer has to go into isolation everywhere: Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg on Wednesday, Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday lifted the relevant rules. There are similar plans in Hesse as well. The measure taken by the federal states was criticized by patient advocates and trade unionists, among others. First of all, joint calls for action were made by the federal states.

Suspension of the controversial isolation obligation

DGB board member Anja Piel told the Funke newspapers she was “shocked that the four federal states dared to act alone on the solicitation obligation”. She advised employees to “report their inability to work with communicable diseases in accordance with applicable rules and to voluntarily significantly reduce contact in their private lives.”

Kassenärzte boss Andreas Gassen criticized the patch structure of the protection rules that emerged on the German editorial network. “All this shows that even though the WHO has not yet declared the end of the pandemic worldwide, politicians now need to think about an orderly and uniform transition to treating Corona like any other endemic disease,” he said, referring to the World Health Organization.

Source: ZDF

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