In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Germany can be found.
88th Conference of Health Ministers
Care for pain patients in Germany has to improve. The 88th Conference of Health Ministers (GMK) chaired by the Rhineland-Palatinate Health Minister Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler supported this.
“Despite all medical progress chronic pain is one of the largest health problems in Germany,” Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, Hamburg's Health Senator, explains. The GMK demands that every hospital guarantees qualified and interdisciplinary care of pain patients. The aim of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) is to prepare quality criteria for pain therapy. In hospice and palliative care it must be ensured according to GMK that it is possible for all patients and inhabitants of care institutions also to actually have access to these specialised offers. When planning the new nursing training palliative care must be taken into account.
The German Pain Society hopes for concrete steps to be taken following the GMK's decision. From Professor Michael Schäfer's (President of the German Pain Society) point of view it is for example necessary to work out and implement pain quality indicators in hospital care. Schäfer also advises on a certification procedure. According to the Pain Society about 23 million Germans report chronic pain, 5 percent attributed to cancer.
In a further resolution the GMK promotes the improvement of hygiene quality in medical institutions. The aim of the G-BA is to develop quality indicators. The conference has also agreed together with other European countries to make provisions for an influenza pandemic with severe diseases. Specifically vaccines should be ordered for the whole of Europe in the near future. Per federal state a care key of 30 percent of the population is planned.