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  • Coronavirus : l’Allemagne se tourne vers les migrants pour anticiper une pénurie de soignants

    Bastion de l’AfD, le parti nationaliste et anti-migrants allemand, la région #Saxe se tourne vers ses #médecins_étrangers n’ayant pas encore obtenu de licence pour exercer afin de prévenir une #pénurie de #soignants en pleine pandémie de coronavirus. Plusieurs centaines d’entre eux se sont déjà portés volontaires pour aider.

    « Je suis extrêmement heureux de voir que je peux faire quelque chose pour le pays dans lequel je vis. » A 29 ans, Shadi Shahda se tient prêt à intervenir en pleine pandémie de coronavirus. Le jeune Syrien a expliqué à Reuters être arrivé en Allemagne en avril dernier avec un visa pour les demandeurs d’emploi hautement qualifiés et une expérience de trois ans comme médecin interne en ORL.

    Avant de pouvoir commencer à exercer en Saxe, sa province d’adoption, il ne lui restait plus qu’à passer un examen de langue ce moi-ci, lequel a été annulé pour cause de coronavirus. C’est donc tout naturellement que Shadi Shahda a répondu à une annonce du Sächsischen Landesärztekammer, le Conseil médical de la région de Saxe. « J’ai envoyé ma candidature, j’attends leur appel », s’est réjoui le jeune Syrien, soulagé de pouvoir mettre ses compétences à profit.

    Safwan aussi attend des nouvelles. Cet autre jeune migrant a fait des études de médecine générale en Syrie avant de s’installer à Leipzig, il y a trois ans. Il devait également passer son test de langue prochainement. « Je ne m’imagine pas rester les bras croisés, si j’ai voulu faire médecine, c’est avant tout pour aider les gens », explique-t-il à InfoMigrants.

    Alors que le gouvernement allemand se veut rassurant en affirmant notamment qu’il est en capacité de doubler son nombre de lits en soins intensifs et de produire davantage de respirateurs, le manque de #personnels_soignants apparaît comme le point faible de sa stratégie de lutte contre le coronavirus.

    C’est dans ce contexte que le Sächsischen Landesärztekammer a lancé, sur sa page Facebook, un appel aux migrants ayant des compétences de soignants. « Les docteurs étrangers qui se trouvent déjà en Saxe mais qui n’ont pas encore reçu leur licence pour pratiquer dans la région peuvent nous aider dans les soins pour combattre le coronavirus », a écrit l’organisme dans une publication datant du 17 mars.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/23691/coronavirus-l-allemagne-se-tourne-vers-les-migrants-pour-anticiper-une
    #réfugiés #intégration_professionnelle #travail #Allemagne #asile #migrations #médecins #soins #santé #pénurie

    ping @karine4 @isskein @thomas_lacroix @_kg_

    • Refugees to the rescue? Germany taps migrant medics to battle virus

      Five years ago the arrival of a wave of refugees caused much consternation and fuelled support for Germany’s far-right. Now, the country is turning to its migrant community to plug an anticipated shortage of medical staff battling the coronavirus.

      The German government says it can double its number of intensive care beds, and even produce more ventilators but a medical staffing crunch is shaping up as the Achilles heel of its strategy to fight the coronavirus.

      In Saxony, the heartland of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), the regional medical board is advertising for migrant doctors to help tackle an expected rise in cases.

      “Foreign doctors who are in Saxony but do not yet have a license to practice medicine can help with corona(virus) care,” read a Facebook appeal. here

      The push to tap migrant medics in Saxony comes despite the AfD enjoying a surge in support in a regional election there last year, harnessing voter anger over refugees to come second behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

      Merkel’s 2015 decision to open Germany’s borders to some 1 million migrants fleeing war in the Middle East - the defining moment of her chancellorship - was widely criticised by the AfD and even many of her own conservatives.

      A new film, ‘Merkel - Anatomy of a Crisis’, also takes a critical look at her handling of the refugee influx.

      But the coronavirus epidemic means medics of all backgrounds are in demand.

      Saxony’s regional medical board reported on Monday that 300 volunteers had responded to its appeal for help, including “many foreign doctors whose licensing procedures are not yet completed, whose help is very welcome.”

      As of Tuesday, there were 31,554 cases of coronavirus in Germany, with 149 deaths, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said. The government says Germany is still at the beginning of the epidemic.

      Shadi Shahda, 29, is one migrant medic ready to help.

      He came to Germany last April on a visa for highly-qualified job seekers and with three years’ experience as an ENT (ear, nose, throat) medical resident in Syria. But a language exam he needed to take this month to work as a doctor in Saxony was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

      He jumped at the medical board’s Facebook post and says: “I am waiting for their call ... I was very happy when I saw that I could do something in the country where I am living.”

      https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-germany-refugees/refugees-to-the-rescue-germany-taps-migrant-medics-to-battle-virus-idUKK

    • Berliner Behörde überlastet - Ausländische Mediziner trotz Coronakrise ohne Arbeitserlaubnis
      Von Claudia van Laak
      5-6 Minuten

      Allein in Berlin warten aktuell 1.058 ausländische Ärzte und 1.180 Pflegekräfte auf Anerkennung ihrer Berufsabschlüsse – manche sogar schon seit Jahren. Doch trotz Corona-Krise und dringend benötigten medizinischen Fachpersonal wird sich daran wohl so schnell nichts ändern.

      „Notruf: Mehr von uns ist besser für alle!“ steht bei einer Demonstration von streikendem Pflegepersonal an der Berliner Charite - Campus Virchow Klinikum auf einem Transparent. (imago images / Seeliger)

      Bereits vor der Corona-Krise herrschte in Deutschland der Pflegenotstand. Doch ausländisches medizinisches Fachpersonal wartet hierzulande oft sehr lange, bis die Arbeitserlaubnis kommt.

      Wir brauchen jede helfende Hand, bitte melden Sie sich bei den Landesärztekammern. Dieser flehentliche Appell von Ärztekammerpräsident Klaus Reinhardt richtet sich an pensionierte Mediziner und an Studierende. Doch was ist mit den ausländischen Ärzten? Ihre Abschlüsse – und auch die der Pflegekräfte – müssen zum Beispiel im Land Berlin vom Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales anerkannt werden. Auf den Schreibtischen der Entscheider liegen nicht weniger als 1.058 Anträge ausländischer Ärzte sowie 1.180 Anträge von Pflegekräften. Und diese Anträge liegen dort nicht erst seit gestern. Die Verfahren dauern viel zu lange, sagt Catherina Pieroth, gesundheitspolitische Sprecherin der Grünen-Fraktion im Abgeordnetenhaus.

      „Die Anerkennungsverfahren dauern zum Teil ein Jahr oder länger. In Einzelfällen sogar drei bis vier Jahre.“

      Bereits vor Corona gab es einen Ärzte- und Pfleger-Mangel, trotzdem mussten diese Fachkräfte Jahr für Jahr länger auf ihre Berufserlaubnis warten. Die entsprechende Abteilung im Berliner Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales LaGeSo ist überlastet. Tim Zeelen, gesundheitspolitischer Sprecher der CDU-Fraktion im Abgeordnetenhaus.

      „Es gibt den Aufruf auch des Bundesministers Jens Spahn, Rentner zu reaktivieren, wir wissen, dass Medizinstudenten jetzt geschult werden sollen, um Aufgaben im Gesundheitswesen zu übernehmen. Das sind alles gute Belege dafür, dass wir jeden brauchen, der qualifiziert ist mitzuhelfen. Und das gilt für Menschen, die im Ausland ihre Abschlüsse erworben haben, umso mehr. Auch die könnten jetzt ganz konkret unserem Gesundheitswesen in Berlin helfen.“

      Wer in Polen seine Ausbildung gemacht hat, hat das Nachsehen

      Noch eine weitere Gruppe könnte helfen – das sind Ärztinnen und Ärzte, die vor kurzem im Nachbarland Polen ihren Abschluss gemacht haben, darunter auch viele Deutsche. Sie erhalten von den Berliner Landesbehörden keine Approbation, weil Polen seine Medizinerausbildung zuvor verändert hatte.

      Catherina Pieroth von den mitregierenden Grünen:

      „Aktuell sind 60 Ärztinnen und Ärzte aus diesem Kontingent arbeitslos. Dieses Jahr werden weitere 350 Ärzte in Polen fertig, die gerne nach Deutschland kommen würden, dabei handelt es sich auch um Deutsche, die in Stettin studieren, weil sie in Deutschland keinen Medizin-Studienplatz bekommen haben.“

      Vorläufige Anerkennung gefordert

      Die oppositionelle CDU fordert vom rot-rot-grünen Berliner Senat eine schnelle Entscheidung. Ausländische Ärzte und Pflegekräfte müssen eine vorläufige Anerkennung erhalten, um sofort mit ihrer Arbeit beginnen zu können, sagt Tim Zeelen.

      „Jetzt geht es darum, in einem Ad-hoc-Verfahren diese Genehmigung sehr sehr schnell möglich zu machen.“
      Berliner Gesundheitsverwaltung stellt sich quer

      Die zuständige, von der SPD geleitete Gesundheitsverwaltung und das ihr unterstellte Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales lehnen das rundheraus ab. Auch in Krisenzeiten dürfe man nicht von den Regeln abweichen, die der Bund festgelegt habe. Zitat:

      „Die Anforderungen können landesrechtlich nicht verändert oder temporär angepasst werden. Derzeit gibt es bundesweit Überlegungen, ob und wie die Anerkennungsverfahren vereinfacht oder beschleunigt werden können.“

      Und weiter: Aus Gründen des Patienten- und auch des Gesundheitsschutzes sei es unverantwortlich, ohne entsprechende Prüfungen vorläufige Berufserlaubnisse für Ärzte und Pfleger zu erteilen. Der CDU-Gesundheitspolitiker Tim Zeelen sieht dies anders, denn:

      „Von den Menschen, die mit einem im Ausland erworbenen Abschluss kommen, ist die Anerkennungsquote nahezu 100 Prozent.“

      1.058 ausländische Ärztinnen und Ärzte warten allein im Land Berlin auf die Anerkennung ihres Abschlusses. Bei manchen fehlt nur noch die bestandene Fachsprachenprüfung. Diese Prüfungen finden allerdings gerade nicht statt – wegen der Corona-Epidemie.

      https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/berliner-behoerde-ueberlastet-auslaendische-mediziner-trotz.1773.de.

    • Refugees to the rescue? Germany taps migrant medics to battle virus

      Five years ago the arrival of a wave of refugees caused much consternation and fueled support for Germany’s far-right. Now, the country is turning to its migrant community to plug an anticipated shortage of medical staff battling the coronavirus.

      The German government says it can double its number of intensive care beds, and even produce more ventilators but a medical staffing crunch is shaping up as the Achilles heel of its strategy to fight the coronavirus.

      In Saxony, the heartland of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), the regional medical board is advertising for migrant doctors to help tackle an expected rise in cases.

      “Foreign doctors who are in Saxony but do not yet have a license to practice medicine can help with corona(virus) care,” read a Facebook appeal. here

      The push to tap migrant medics in Saxony comes despite the AfD enjoying a surge in support in a regional election there last year, harnessing voter anger over refugees to come second behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

      Merkel’s 2015 decision to open Germany’s borders to some 1 million migrants fleeing war in the Middle East - the defining moment of her chancellorship - was widely criticized by the AfD and even many of her own conservatives.

      A new film, ‘Merkel - Anatomy of a Crisis’, also takes a critical look at her handling of the refugee influx.

      But the coronavirus epidemic means medics of all backgrounds are in demand.

      Saxony’s regional medical board reported on Monday that 300 volunteers had responded to its appeal for help, including “many foreign doctors whose licensing procedures are not yet completed, whose help is very welcome.”

      As of Tuesday, there were 31,554 cases of coronavirus in Germany, with 149 deaths, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said. The government says Germany is still at the beginning of the epidemic.

      Shadi Shahda, 29, is one migrant medic ready to help.

      He came to Germany last April on a visa for highly-qualified job seekers and with three years’ experience as an ENT (ear, nose, throat) medical resident in Syria. But a language exam he needed to take this month to work as a doctor in Saxony was canceled due to the coronavirus.

      He jumped at the medical board’s Facebook post and says: “I am waiting for their call ... I was very happy when I saw that I could do something in the country where I am living.”

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-refugees/refugees-to-the-rescue-germany-taps-migrant-medics-to-battle-virus-idUSKBN2

    • Germany calls on migrant medics to help tackle coronavirus

      Country has 14,000 Syrian refugee doctors waiting for qualifications to be approved.

      Germany’s health authorities are appealing to medically qualified migrants to help them tackle the coronavirus.

      As increasing numbers of doctors and nurses fall ill or are quarantined, the shortage of medical staff is putting pressure on a usually well-resourced health service.

      Government initiatives have already increased the number of intensive care beds from about 24,000 to 40,000, most of them with ventilators. Staff are being retrained and non-essential operations across the country have been cancelled.

      But the health system still needs more medical personnel to care for patients, increase the levels of testing, and track down people who have been in contact with those who are sick. The Robert Koch Institute, which advises the government on public health, has said 2,300 doctors are believed to be off sick or in quarantine. But with no central collation of data, the real figure is believed to be much higher. In the state of Bavaria alone, 244 doctors’ practices have had to close because of coronavirus infections.

      Match4Healthcare, a website backed by medical authorities which was created by a volunteer team of students and hackers, seeks to match healthcare workers and volunteers – both citizens and foreigners living in Germany – to clinics and care homes needing support.

      The eastern state of Saxony is at the forefront of a campaign calling on foreign doctors, including the thousands of refugees who arrived in 2015, to help. According to the Facebook group Syrian Doctors in Germany there are 14,000 Syrian doctors waiting for their qualifications to be approved.

      “We are keen for anyone to get in touch who is in a position to help,” said a spokesman for the medical association in Leipzig (SLAEK), the capital of Saxony. “It could be someone who does not yet have their medical licence, but is on their way to getting it,” he said. “To date around 400 have been in touch.”
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      Saxony, with a population of just over 4 million, has not been as badly hit by the virus as other regions, but concern is growing. By Friday, there were almost 4,000 confirmed cases and 76 of them had died. “Right now the situation is still under control, but as it gets worse we need to prepare for that,” the spokesman said.

      In its Facebook appeal the medical association calls on German-speaking “foreign doctors already living in Saxony but who have not yet got their medical licence to help with coronavirus support”.

      What makes Saxony’s plea salient is that it is the home of Pegida, the anti-Islam protest movement, and the heartland of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party. The AfD rose to prominence – becoming the largest opposition in parliament in 2017 – on the back of voter anger over Angela Merkel’s decision to allow almost 1 million refugees into the country in 2015.

      The chancellor’s resistance to closing Germany’s borders prompted a huge backlash against her Christian Democrats’ refugee policy, with many accusing Merkel of undermining national security. Now, although the government was initially reluctant to do so, closing the national border to most neighbouring countries is regarded as a matter of national safety, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

      Opponents of the government’s open door policy argued refugees would be a drain on the economy and compromise national security. Those in favour said that, as the majority were young, they would help plug a growing skills shortage caused by an ageing population.

      Safwan Adnan Ali arrived from Syria in July 2016. He studied general surgery in Latakia for four years, then moved to Iraq to avoid military service, where he worked as a general practitioner for a year.

      Since arriving in Germany as a refugee, he has been learning the language and preparing for exams which will allow his qualifications to be recognised.

      “I was waiting for the exam for medical language use, but then the coronavirus came and everything has ground to a halt,” the 37-year-old said. “When the appeal was announced … I thought I’d really like to help. I need to do something useful, and I’d like to give something back to the country which has helped me so much, so I sent off my CV immediately.”

      He has also applied to help Bavaria, one of the worst-hit regions, which recently announced that doctors without medical licences would be given immediate permission to work there for a year. In recent days other states have announced easier access to exam procedures and a relaxation on qualification rules.

      Adnan Ali said: “I’m prepared to go anywhere I’m needed. Although as I have my wife and one-year-old daughter in Saxony, I’d prefer to work here close to them if I can.”

      His WhatsApp group of Syrian doctors living in Germany has been debating whether access to the medical system due to the pandemic will shorten their wait to enter the profession.

      “I really hope this will make it easier by maybe cutting down some of the unwieldy bureaucratic procedures,” he said.

      Ahmad Dahhan, 35, said when he arrived in Germany from Syria in December 2015 he hoped to be able to resume his medical career as soon as possible. “Everyone has their dreams,” he said, “but bureaucracy has made things very difficult and slow, and it has been an extremely frustrating time.”

      Dahhan studied biochemistry at the University of Aleppo before training as a gynaecologist at Damascus University. “They say they are in need of doctors, even when there isn’t a health crisis, but it’s not at all straightforward to get into the profession.”

      He has studied German, spent two months working alongside doctors at a gynaecology department in Leipzig, and attended courses of advanced training for foreign doctors, but since the coronavirus struck, he has been confined to his apartment.

      “It is extremely discouraging to know that I could be doing something far more useful,” he said. “So I welcome the opportunity to be able to do so and hope that will help Germany recognise we can also be helpful even when there is not a crisis on.”

      Germany’s health ministry said it was in the process of “investigating all possible legal options” to speed up the applications of qualified doctors, especially those who only required a medical language exam.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/14/germany-calls-on-migrant-medics-to-help-tackle-coronavirus

    • Aux #Etats-Unis...

      Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Remove Barriers to Health Care Professionals Joining New Jersey’s COVID-19 Response and Provide Protections for Front Line Health Care Responders

      Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 112, authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licenses of recently retired health care professionals and grant temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries. The executive order also temporarily permits certain health care professionals to perform acts outside of their ordinary scope of practice and grants broad civil immunity to health care professionals and facilities providing services in support of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts who are acting in good faith.

      “My Administration is working tirelessly with our hospital systems and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expand bed capacities, reopen closed hospitals, and erect field medical stations to prepare for additional COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Murphy. “We need trained, experienced medical personnel to ensure proper staffing as we build out this new capacity, which is why we have put out the call to retired health care professionals to join our fight and support our existing workforce. By signing this executive order, we are removing bureaucratic roadblocks to quickly bring more health care professionals into our efforts and provide additional flexibility and protections for our front line responders to aid in New Jersey’s response to COVID-19.”

      The executive order supplements the State’s existing health care workforce by:

      Authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licensees of healthcare professionals previously licensed in the State within the last five years. This will enable doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who have recently retired or have allowed their licenses to lapse to temporarily reactivate their license.
      Authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to grant temporary medical licenses to doctors who are licensed and in good standing in foreign countries.
      Temporarily waiving certain scope of practice restrictions on Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) related to physician collaboration, including a rule requiring that an APN enter into a joint protocol with a collaborating physician and a rule requiring APNs to obtain authorization from a collaborating physician in order to dispense narcotic drugs.
      Temporarily waiving certain scope of practice restrictions on Physician Assistants (PAs) related to physician supervision, including a rule requiring PAs to obtain physician authorization prior to prescribing a controlled dangerous substance.

      This order will take effect immediately.

      https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20200401b.shtml
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