Corona pandemic: Bonus for nurses should not come for everyone

The federal government wants to recognize the special achievements of the nursing staff in the corona pandemic with a bonus. However, a heated argument has already broken out as to who should actually get the money:

Up to 3,000 euros could be this year’s Corona premium. The federal government wants this as a whole one billion euros provide. Significantly more than in the two previous years. In 2020, the central associations of statutory health insurance made 100 million available for the bonus. And last year the federal government paid 450 million euros. The federal states had increased the premium amount again. It was mainly nurses in the outpatient area, in nursing homes and in the intensive care and corona wards of the clinics that received it.

So it should be this year significantly more money for bonus payments to nurses.

But whoever actually enjoys it in the end must now decide German hospital society decide together with the nursing care funds. The bonus is intended primarily for elderly, intensive care and emergency nurses, whose work was particularly difficult in Corona times.

At this point, however, the Argument: The cleaning and transport staff in the clinics have so far been excluded from a bonus payment, as have most nursing staff on normal wards or those who take care of people with disabilities in inpatient facilities.

They too now want to benefit from the bonus payments. A quick decision is necessary: ​​Because no later than July 1st the Corona premium must be in the account. Otherwise, the premium must be taxed.

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