Currently, the hashtags #PfpfpflichtNoDanke and #LauterbachReturnNow are trending again on Twitter in Germany. In fact, the health ministers from Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Bavaria want one renewed attempt for a legal vaccination from the age of 60 start – under massive protest in the social networks. Of course, this also sparked renewed anger at the Corona course of the Federal Minister of Health. Meanwhile, he shines – once again – with his absence from the meeting of the health committee in the Bundestag…
The health policy spokesman for the Union, Tino Sorge, tweeted this today:
Sorge is now well known as a harsh critic of Lauterbach. On May 12, he wrote an on the occasion of his withdrawal of the push for ex-post triage Fire letter to the Federal Minister of Healthin which he blamed him for a significant loss of confidence in public health:
„Your recent about-face is just one of numerous maneuvers that are causing growing uncertainty in the professional world, in the health sector and above all among the general public:
- In March, your ministry presented a draft law on the financial stabilization of statutory health insurance – only to withdraw it a few days later, as is now also the case with triage. A new version is still pending.
- Although the vaccine shortage you claimed turned out to be unfounded, you made massive follow-up orders in the spring. The result: surpluses of around 70 million cans and additional costs of almost 3 billion euros. You succinctly describe critical questions about this as “party politics”.
- On Easter Sunday, you fueled fears in the media about a corona “killer variant” that cannot be reliably predicted. However, you leave it open how you want to arm the country specifically for a possible autumn wave.
- Instead of promoting the full evaluation of corona measures by the expert committee, you are slowing down a clear legal mandate and criticizing those who ask uncomfortable questions.
- In current budget deliberations, your own coalition is blocking your ministry’s funds to force you to put cannabis legalization at the top of your agenda – regardless of much more pressing issues.„
Lauterbach avoids political debates
Worry accuses Lauterbach of a “restless back and forth of announcements and withdrawals” that has resulted in a significant loss of trust not only among the population, but also in its own coalition and the institutions involved. Since Lauterbach took office, Germany’s Ministry of Health has been trapped in “paralyzing stagnation”. Instead of admitting mistakes, Lauterbach openly threatened its own employees with “personnel consequences” in the event of “indiscretions”. Sorge continues to criticize:
Since the new federal government took office, the health committee has met for 16 days, of which you have attended just 5 days. This is clearly not enough for a constructive democratic relationship between parliament and government and a fair dispute between government and opposition.
This is particularly piquant in that Karl Lauterbach, as is well known, never misses a chance to appear on talk shows – where he is largely well protected from criticism, since in most cases these programs strictly follow the government line. When, exceptionally, a critical pulmonary doctor was supposed to speak with him at Maischberger in February, Lauterbach was suddenly prevented – so Green politician Janosch Dahmen had to listen to the doctor’s devastating judgment on Corona policy as a substitute.
Minister of health damages the reputation of politics
In his fire letter, Tino Sorge warns: The reputation of politics as a whole is damaged by Lauterbach’s behavior – “in the healthcare professions, in the facilities, but above all among the insured, patients and those in need of care.”
Put an end to the standstill in health policy and create more confidence in your work. Finally get the legislative projects off the ground that are really urgent in 2022, in particular: quick financial planning security for health insurance companies and care, early pandemic precautions instead of scaremongering for the fall – and a budget concept that does not fall victim to cannabis clientele politics, but sets the really important priorities for the healthcare system.
On top of that, he urges Lauterbach to to finally face the debates in the Health Committee and in Parliament.