“If the video doesn’t lead to Karl Lauterbach’s resignation, then I don’t know what to do anymore,” comments a tweeter – and has received thousands of approvals. Karl Lauterbach felt through the massive whistle that he recently at a Verdi event countered, apparently offended in his pride – and summarily denied unvaccinated nurses their contribution to the treatment of sick people as well as their right to demonstrate.
A comment by Vanessa Renner
Germany’s Minister of Unhealth appeared at a Verdi event for nurses on June 22, which was also attended by a number of demonstrators against compulsory vaccination in the medical field. While the institution-related vaccination requirement is ignored in the first regions because the relevant specialists are simply indispensable for patient care, others have already lost their jobs due to anticipatory obedience by their employer or have to fear fines and barring orders. And that while their vaccinated colleagues pose the same so-called Covid “risk” for patients as they do – but have just passed the attitude test or simply could not escape the compulsion. The demonstrators loudly vented their justifiable displeasure at the event: Lauterbach was met with a wave of boos and whistles, which visibly outraged him.
He then quickly denied them the right to demonstrate – and devalued their work: those who protested against the vaccination had made no contribution to the “pandemic” and had no right to be here, he said. Here you can see and hear his diatribe:
According to Lauterbach, only vaccinated staff apparently did something during the “pandemic”: It was “outrageous” that the demonstrating nurses would abuse the strike for their protest. The truth is that thousands of unvaccinated nurses in Germany continue to work and take care of their patients despite staff shortages and conditions that are made even more difficult by constant discrimination. “Your work has not contributed”, Lauterbach nevertheless claims. According to his logic, only the vaccinated would have done valuable work in the last two years. This is nonsense, of course: there was no vaccination available as of December 2020 – so everyone was unvaccinated and their efforts against Covid-19, which is just one disease of many and by no means the most important in everyday clinical practice, were apparently worthless. The facility-related vaccination requirement has only been in effect since March 15, before that it was actually none of the employer’s business who was vaccinated and who was not.
Sadly, the applause that erupts in between shows that that Lauterbach’s attempts to divide nurses in particular and society as a whole are having an effect in places. It remains to be seen whether these rifts can ever be filled up: Anyone who cheers when colleagues lose their jobs or are at least threatened by them will hardly be appreciated by rational employees – the cohesion that is so necessary continues to crumble, both large and small. This is very much in line with politics.
The fact that Verdi gave Karl Lauterbach a stage, of all people, speaks volumes. Lauterbach is one of those who have been destroying the health system for years – he had it massively harmful at the time Case-based flat-rate system introduced. Anyone who feels represented by Verdi should therefore do some soul-searching. And for those who, as an outsider, think that unvaccinated nurses do no valuable work and should be dismissed: a longer stay in the hospital could change this view. As is well known, the German health system only praises those who have no idea about it.
Finally, the question arises as to what contribution Karl Lauterbach actually made to the health of the population. Can you think of one? A positive one, of course?