The Chamber has approved a bill by the Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, which aims to respond to the lack of nursing staff.
A number of measures in force since the start of the health crisis will thus be extended. This is particularly the case for retirees who can benefit from unlimited additional income if they lend a hand in healthcare establishments under federal or federated entities. This system will also continue to apply in the education sector, said the minister.
A favorable tax regime also applies to health care, with expanded opportunities for volunteer and student work in the sector.
In addition, people who have been unemployed for at least three months will be able to work there while retaining a quarter of their benefits for a maximum of three months.
The government has also released a one-time additional budget of €21 million for hospitals investing in systems to reduce the administrative burden of nursing staff. For every euro that the hospital puts on the table, the government adds another euro. An additional twenty million euros will also be allocated through the health personnel fund specifically for federal sectors, such as hospitals.
Finally, the “Choose the care” training program will be supplemented by 24 million euros.