Spahn travels to Kosovo to recruit nurses

In Germany, 3.4 million people depend on care, but there is a lack of specialist staff. Health Minister Spahn wants to change that with a trip to Kosovo.

The Federal Minister of Public Health, Andreas Westerfellhaus, welcomes the efforts of Minister of Health Jens Spahn (both CDU) and nurses from Kosovo. Spahn will travel there on Monday to sign an agreement to recruit nurses with his counterpart Uran Ismajli. Tens of thousands of nurses are missing in Germany, which is why Spahn wants to recruit young people abroad.

Westerfellhaus admitted that the nurses may not be present in Kosovo on Monday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin” – but the nurses could gain “possibly qualifications for the future of Kosovo” in Germany.

Faster visa application required

Westerfellhaus called on the Federal Government to grant quicker visas for immigration-willing nurses. It was “unbearable that within the German embassies one does not throw everything to speed up the visa,” he said. The Foreign Ministry should also examine whether the visa allocation could not be shifted from the embassies to Germany.

Whether the nurses stay permanently in Germany, according to Westerfellhaus depends on whether the colleagues here receive them appreciative and work well. In addition, good language skills are crucial for successful integration.

3.4 million people in need of care in Germany

However, the recruitment of Eastern European nurses is only one part of the “Concerted Action” with which Spahn wants to solve the care problem in Germany. This also means making working conditions in nursing generally more attractive. For example, trained nurses who are no longer working in their profession could be motivated to return to their old profession.

Especially in Kosovo and Albania, there is a good potential of young professionals, he recently said. “Nursing education is often much better there than we think.”

According to the Federal Statistical Office, about 3.4 million people in Germany are in need of care. Due to the general aging of the society, their number will continue to rise – while the care industry is struggling with a shortage of junior staff.