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Storm of protest against Spahns law plans : hurdles for the mentally Ill?

With petitions Jens Spahn as his experience. After the CDU-politician in front of a three quarters of a year made it known that Hartz IV was synonymous with poverty, required 210.000 signatory of him, to live for yourself for a month from the unemployment benefit II. Spahn refused, tried the theme with the initiator in the case of coffee and cake abzumoderieren, wore political wounds. In September 224.000 people from him, to improve the professional situation of physical therapists and other health professionals required. Here, the Minister responded immediately, a hastily knitted Reform should take effect in the spring of 2019.

the Minister wants to "controlled service"

Three months later – Spahn is just returned from Hamburg's CDU party Congress – to be expected of him again with 130 000 signatures. This time it comes to psychotherapy. The petitioners are angry that the Minister wants to move in before the treatment of the mentally ill yet another hurdle. The patient had therefore, before you can start a therapy to make in the future from other experts, you cannot select "pre-search". Only then you would be forwarded to your actual therapist.

in fact, Spahn has complemented his law for faster appointments and better care (TSVG), which is already decided by the Cabinet in April next year, to enter into force, between the speakers and Cabinet design to a small Passage. Accordingly, the Federal Joint Committee, "rules for a staged and controlled supply for the psycho to decide therapeutic treatment" - and also about the qualifications of these for the controller.

Additional emotional burden for Affected

It was provided, "that highly qualified Doctors and psychological psychotherapists – and not about the future-handler – set in preliminary studies, to go to which help, or therapy, offer the Affected may," reads a protest letter from the German psychotherapists Association and the Federal Association of contract psychotherapists. "This would mean a considerable deterioration and stress for the patients concerned."

The Petition is concrete. Spahns plans discriminated against a whole group of patients, it says. The mentally ill would be transferred", and often enormous, high shame-encrusted mental stress, to portray the learning to treat, you will not see you later in the rule, and you have not chosen to trust points". In addition, you'll be expected to "a hurdles race, the burdened you unnecessarily, and compared to other patient groups at a disadvantage".

Also, the Federal Council warns

the Federal Council Also rejects Spahns projects. There is "the risk that additional hurdles for mentally ill people to be built and as a result, the access to psychotherapy rather difficult," - said in the opinion of the länder chamber. When patients "reveal in several Places" would have, could not be given "the important low-threshold". In addition, a new instance of point, the patient's pre-sorted, the qualification of the psychotherapists in question. It will be agreed, to be able independently diagnose the urgency of patients required therapy.

Spahn should not ignore the "significant headwinds", the also come from the Federal Council, "no longer," said the Green-expert Maria Klein-Schmeink. It is to be feared that the proposed scheme is difficult to access for patients to psychotherapy massively. "That would be fatal, because often people with mental illness perceive more likely to be late."

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psychotherapy for the Mentally Ill have to wait for months for treatment

Rainer Woratschka

On Friday, the Bundestag devoted to the draft in the first reading. You'll have to check, whether an adjustment was necessary, it was said on the part of the Ministry. Finally, it is to find "workable and accepted solutions", "a further improvement of the treatment of the mentally ill to the goal".

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