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What are the consequences of the resignation of six cardiologists from the North Hospital?
Six cardiologists from the North Hospital want to resign. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum asked the responsible ministers what impact these resignations will have on patient healthcare and whether unpaid on-call duties might have played a role in the doctors' decision.
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How can patient service be improved in the future regarding mammography tests?
The European Commission has issued a recommendation to do the mammography for women between the ages of 45 and 74. Currently, in Luxembourg, the obligatory screening is only done for women over the age of 50. It often takes too long to get an appointment for an ad-hoc check-up. Our MP Carole Hartmann asked the Ministry of Health whether this will change in the future.
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When will there be a uniform digital solution in Luxembourg’s health care system?
With the GesondheetsApp, the Digital Health Network in cooperation with the AMMD has developed an application that would allow the patients to carry out all their medical operations digitally. Despite a political agreement, the app is currently being used conditionally and in a limited way? Why is the app not being used to its full extent, and when will there be uniform solutions in this regard? Our...
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Delays in tuberculosis tests for Ukrainian refugees
People who have fled Ukraine and want to work or go to school in Luxembourg, must first undergo a medical check-up and a tuberculosis test to complete their file. Due to delays in the appointments, many of these people are currently blocked in the process. When are these people allowed to start looking for a job, and are these children not allowed to go to school? Our MP Carole Hartmann has queried...
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No agreement between CNS and FAPSYLUX – now what?
For years, attempts have been made to find an agreement to reimburse the psychotherapeutic treatment. Again and again the negotiations are broken off because both parties can’t come to an agreement. The patient remain without help. Until when should a solution be found? Our MP Carole Hartmann asked the minister in charge.
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What happens to animals in a house fire?
When a private house or apartment catches fire, it is often not just people who are at risk. Many people also have pets. Not every animal is good at making itself heard. Is the fire brigade informed about pets? What methods are there and how are animals helped in an emergency? Our MP Claude Lamberty asked for further details.
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Will vaccination against shingles be included in the national vaccination schedule?
People over 50 have the greatest risk of getting shingles. Vaccines can help with treatment and prevention. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers whether the vaccine Shingrix, which is used against shingles, can be included in the national vaccination plan.
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How many men suffer from breast cancer in Luxembourg?
Men can also get breast cancer. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how many men are affected in Luxembourg and whether mammograms are performed on men.
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How often are candidacies for a state concession for a pharmacy rejected?
To obtain a state licence for a pharmacy, certain criteria must be met in the application process. Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many candidacies were rejected and how many times a rejection was successfully appealed.
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Increased risk of skin cancer - how can we protect ourselves in the future?
The sun reaches the earth's surface ever stronger and longer. With climate change, the risk of skin cancer is also increasing. More and more people spend more time outside, and people whose jobs are on the outside are more and more exposed to the sun. How should we counter this danger in the future? Our MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have inquired with the responsible ministries.
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No more vaccination bus for the North?
A vaccination bus in Ettelbruck had to spontaneously replace a vaccination bus in the centre. This despite the fact that citizens were queuing for their vaccination in Ettelbrück. DP MP André Bauler asked the Minister of Health how the vaccination bus service is organised in this country, why the vaccination bus from Ettelbrück had to stand in at the centre and whether it is true that vaccination buses...
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o the delays in pricing have an impact on patients' access to new medicines?
It has come to the attention of DP MPs Gusty Graas, Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum that the Ministry of Social Security has changed the procedure for setting prices for new medicines. This can lead to delays before a new drug is available to patients. Why has the procedure been changed and how often has the 90-day time limit for pricing been exceeded?
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What is being done so that doctors from third countries get a work permit in Luxembourg faster?
Doctors from third countries must first have their diplomas recognized in another member state before they are allowed to work in Luxembourg. Since this brings difficulties in practice, especially in the case of Ukrainian refugees, the DP MP Carole Hartmann asked how the procedure could be simplified.
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Away from a hospital- centred health system
The closure of the Ettelbrück maternity hospital has shown us that the shortage of doctors is already having serious consequences for citizens.
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Have there already been incidents of ‘needle spiking’ in Luxembourg?
"Needle Spiking" involves secretly injecting a substance to render people defenseless at parties. For some time there have been increasing reports of people in clubs, at concerts or at festivals becoming victims of this phenomenon. Have there already been cases in Luxembourg and how should one react? What do the police do in such a case? Our MP Gusty Graas asked the relevant ministries.
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How much flu vaccine has Luxembourg pre-ordered for the next flu season?
We will probably have to prepare for a more severe flu wave again in autumn and winter. Pre-orders for the flu vaccine had to be submitted in some countries by the end of March. DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how much flu vaccine Luxembourg has ordered and whether it will be enough to provide the vaccine to all vulnerable people and health professionals.
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Should the use of medical cannabis be expanded?
Since 2018, the use of medicinal cannabis is allowed in Luxembourg and helps, among others, patients with chronic pain. The DP MPs Max Hahn and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible ministers whether medical cannabis should also be used to treat other diseases and whether medical cannabis could also be sold in pharmacies outside the hospital in the future.
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How big is the problem of " puffs " in Luxembourg?
In France, puffs, disposable electronic cigarettes, are becoming increasingly popular among young people. The French Ministry of Health is concerned about the emergence of a new generation of smokers. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty wanted to know from the Minister of Health whether "puffs" were a problem in Luxembourg and whether it would be useful to inform the population about the...
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Relocation of professional firefighters from the north?
Deputy André Bauler asked the Ministry of the Interior if it was right that professional firefighters from the CGDIS centers in the north of the country will be transferred to other regions of the country.
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How can the attractiveness of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord be improved?
At its two sites in Wiltz and Ettelbruck, the ChdN ensures healthcare for the north and partly for the east of the country. What will be done to make the two sites also attractive in the future? DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether cooperation with the University of Luxembourg was planned, whether specialisation in a medical field was envisaged...
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Shortage of personnel in Ettelbrück to ensure the ambulance service?
MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn have been informed that there are currently difficulties in Ettelbrück with the staff to provide the ambulance service. In this context, the two politicians asked the Ministry of the Interior, among other things, about the availability of volunteers.
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How often do cosmetic operations in Luxembourg cause undesirable side effects?
Interest in cosmetic medicine is growing. Unfortunately, it also happens time and again that procedures are performed by people without the appropriate training. The consequences are real dangers for the patients. The DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether there are figures on cosmetic surgery in Luxembourg and how often patients had to be treated for undesirable side...
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What is the real danger of new tick species?
The tick season is starting again and new tick species are finding their way to Luxembourg. Gusty Graas, DP MP, asked the Minister of Health which diseases have been detected in tick bites in Luxembourg so far and whether awareness should not be raised again in a more visible way.
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When will the Supreme Council for Health and Safety at Work be reconvened?
The CSSST, which reports to the Directorate of Health, has not met since 2018. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health why no more meetings have taken place and whether the Minister will convene a meeting in the near future.
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Relocation of the Vianden pharmacy to the commune of Tandel?
It seems to be the case that the pharmacy will be transferred from Vianden to the commune of Tandel. DP MP André Bauler has asked the Minister of Health whether there is a concrete wish for this transfer and whether there have already been discussions with the relevant municipal authorities.
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Which doctors are missing in the country?
There is a shortage of doctors in Luxembourg. This provokes long waiting times and long journeys for patients. André Bauler and Gilles Baum, DP MPs, asked the Minister of Health if she knew how many doctors of all specialities work in Luxembourg and how many doctors have joined or retired in the last five years.
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Shouldn't midwives play a more important role in childbirth in the future?
Following the closure of the maternity clinic at the Ettelbruck site of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord, DP MP Carole Hartmann will put an extended parliamentary question to the Minister of Health in the Chamber. How does the Minister see the promotion of home births, the establishment of a birth centre, as they have existed in Germany for a long time, or the establishment of a midwife ambulance?
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Are patients rejected in the emergency room of the Kirchberg hospital?
The DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have heard that the hospital in Kirchberg sometimes rejected patients brought to the emergency room by ambulance during the "small watch". In a parliamentary question, they therefore wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether this was true and if so, what was being done to prevent such cases.
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What is the risk that the maternity clinic in Ettelbruck will have to close in the next few days?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum have learned that the Ettelbruck site of the Centre hospitalier du Nord will no longer have any paediatricians available in the next few days and that the maternity hospital therefore risks having to close. For this reason, they asked the Minister of Health if this was true and, if so, what the reasons were for this circumstance.
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How many paediatricians are currently working in Luxembourg?
There are already not enough paediatricians working in this country. With the population growth, waiting times will continue to increase. DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum asked the responsible ministers how many paediatricians are currently working in Luxembourg, how many Luxembourgers are studying paediatrics and how many paediatricians will be needed by 2025.
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When will outpatient radiology receive nomenclature tariffs?
Up to now, there are no tariffs in the nomenclature for out-of-hospital radiology. This means that, for example, an MRI scan is only fully covered by health insurance if it is performed in hospital. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum asked the ministers concerned when the subject will be discussed again in the nomenclature commission and whether they do not think that the absence of such tariffs...
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What is being done about endometriosis in Luxembourg ?
In France, a national strategy to fight endometriosis was announced this month. A disease that affects 180 million women worldwide. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wanted to know from the ministers responsible how many women suffer from this disease in this country and what is being done about endometriosis.
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Is it true that the Wiltz Clinic will be converted into a day clinic?
DP MP André Bauler has heard that the clinic in Wiltz is to be converted into a day clinic. In a parliamentary question, the Northern MP therefore wanted to know from the Minister of Health what the concept of this day clinic will be, what this means for the emergency room of the Wiltz clinic and whether this will have an impact on the Ettelbrück site of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord.
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How are our farmers, gardeners and winegrowers doing?
A few years ago, the service "En oppent Ouer fir de Bauer, Wënzer a Gärtner" was launched. The liberal MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how this service is doing and whether if there was made more use of the service due to the pandemic?
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A medical centre at the northern tip of the country?
At night and on weekends, people in the far north of the country often have to travel a long way to the nearest doctor in case of illness. DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the Minister of Health whether it would not be appropriate to install another medical centre in the north of the country, and what can be done to improve the situation in the short term?
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How many people in Luxembourg suffer from scleroderma, and where can they get help?
Local or systemic - scleroderma is a relatively unknown autoimmune disease with various pathologies. Individual variants of this disease cause symptoms that can range from ‘mild’ to fatal symptoms. Who is affected in Luxembourg, who are the specialists and where can you get help? Our MP Gusty Graas inquired with the respective ministries.
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The shaken baby syndrome - a brief moment with great risk.
A shaking trauma in infants can lead to bleeding in the head, in the worst case to a broken neck with fatal consequences. How are new parents informed in Luxembourg and what is being done to protect babies? Our MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas have asked the responsible ministry.
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Why is there a Patiente Vertriedung form on vaccination side effects?
Since 26 January 2022, a form has been available on the website of the Patients' Association (Patiente Vertriedung asbl), which allows people to report adverse reactions to vaccinations. The MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wonder why such a form exists and whether it complies with the legislation.
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Where does the work on a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique" stand?
The coalition agreement provides for the introduction of a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique". If accidents occur during treatment without any fault on the part of the healthcare provider, this fund is to compensate patients. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers where the work stands and whether this fund will be introduced during this legislative period?
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What is the participation rate in the early detection programme "Bilan 30"?
The audiophonological service provides early detection of language deficits in children aged 30 months. DP MPs Max Hahn, Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health questions about participation and current problems in making appointments.
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There is no way around a sectoral and age-specific mandatory vaccination
On the Tribune Libre on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum has presented the arguments on a proposed mandatory vaccination against the Corona virus.
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On what criteria is the national representativeness of Patiente Vertriedung asbl. based?
The Patiente Vertriedung asbl. (PV) is supported by the state and is represented in various national bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health what criteria are used to recognise the PV's representativeness and how much it has been subsidised in recent years.
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Does type 2 diabetes occur more frequently in children and adolescents?
Since the pandemic, cases of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents seem to be increasing in Germany. DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether there is also an increase in Luxembourg and how often treatment by a nutritionist was reimbursed.
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Pediatrics in Luxembourg
If the child is sick but the pediatrician is not available at the moment, parents can take their child to the children's clinic, the Bohler Clinic or the children's outpatient clinic in the North Hospital. In addition to long waiting times, parents from the north and east of the country in particular often have to travel long distances. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann therefore wanted to know...
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When does the CGDIS - Psychological Support Group intervene?
As part of the CGDIS, the Psychological Support Group steps in when there are accidents, disasters or other incidents. Where have the volunteer teams been deployed recently, how many volunteers are currently committed in the teams and has the Covid crisis aggravated the situation for the teams over the past years? Our MPs Claude Lamberty and Max Hahn have asked the responsible ministry for clarifications.
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What is the Minister doing about the long delays in the orders for a PCR test or for isolation?
DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked what the reasons are for the delays in issuing the isolation, quarantine and PCR test orders and what is being done to solve these problems.
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Allowance for doctors in the process of specialisation
The law of 31 July 2020 has adapted the allowances for doctors in the process of specialisation. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health whether doctors in the process of specialisation already receive this adapted allowance and, if not, whether a retroactive reimbursement of the difference is planned.
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Why were several pregnant women denied the booster vaccination ?
Despite being invited for a booster vaccination, several pregnant women were refused the vaccination at the vaccination centre. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty asked the Minister of Health why this is the case and what is being done to enable these women to access their booster vaccination.
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Benelux - Together against illegal drug crime and organised crime
On December 11th, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly unanimously adopted a recommendation regarding the illegal drug industry and organised crime. How should this cooperation work and how does the Government see future cooperation on this topic? Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the ministries in charge.
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Exhaustion of health workers due to Covid 19 pandemic
Due to the pandemic, we risk losing health workers because they quit their jobs or take early retirement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the responsible ministers if there are figures for Luxembourg and what can be done to prevent a loss of health workers.
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The Covid helpline does not always work optimally
DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the Minister of Health, among other things, why the helpline does not inform you about your position in the queue.
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What impact does the 4th wave of infections have on hospitals?
Infection figures are rising again and more people are being hospitalised with Covid-19. DP MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health if medical treatments have already had to be postponed or cancelled and which hospitals are most affected.
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What is the Minister of Labour's assessment of the training offered in the context of short-time work?
As a means to prevent redundancies during the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Luxembourg introduced a short-time working scheme. Additionally, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy offered vouchers for training. The members of parliament André Bauler and Carole Hartmann are enquiring about the Minister of Labour’s assessment of...
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Rehabilitation after a stroke
Neurological rehabilitation is essential to limit the long-term consequences of a stroke. However, an article published in the "Luxemburger Wort" on 29 October 2021 pointed to possible inconsistencies in the treatment of rehabilitation in Luxembourg. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas submitted some questions to the ministers in charge of this matter.
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What about the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination?
Some countries restrict the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination for entry into their country. For people who were vaccinated at the beginning of the year, the validity of the vaccination will therefore expire soon. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible ministers whether Luxembourg also plans to introduce such a validity limit and what can be done at EU level.
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Interview with the Minister for Family Affairs Corinne Cahen
For the most part, the residents are doing well. However, I get told every day by older people that they never want to be imprisoned again. I can understand that very well. We will therefore do everything in our power to ensure that everyone can live their lives independently, including in retirement and care homes.
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More renaturalisation and an improved warning system
The floods of the summer have hit our country unexpectedly. In comparison to neighboring countries, Luxembourg had the chance that no one was injured. However, dramatic scenes unfolded here as well, and the water caused enormous damage. All of this in addition to a corona crisis which, on its own, is already affecting many people and companies.
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The way out of the crisis
Vaccines are the best weapon against the Corona-virus. They are the most effective solution to avoid a harsh fall and winter.
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Is Luxembourg prepared for the spread of dengue fever?
Dengue is spreading more and more in our so-called temperate regions. In this regard, the Democratic Party deputies André Bauler and Gilles Baum put some questions to the Minister of Health, asking, among other things, about the preparation of our hospitals, the monitoring of the spread of the virus in our country and the perspectives established by the WHO.
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More pharmacies in Luxembourg in the future?
Population growth is increasing demands in a number of different areas. The supply of medicines and related products is one of these. Against this background, our MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other questions, if an increase in the pharmacy quota is planned for this decade.
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CNS affiliation after a vacation job
Students who are still living with their parents have to re-affiliate with a parent at the CNS after a vacation job. Deputy Gilles Baum has heard that many people are not aware of this. In order to avoid nasty surprises in the event of illness, the leader of the DP group asks if, in the context of co-insurance, an automation could not be introduced to reassure children about their parents without further...
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How soon can flood-affected businesses expect to receive assistance?
Many businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes and campsites, which have already suffered greatly from the containment, have now suffered enormous damage from the flooding. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked Minister for the Middle Class Lex Delles if these companies can receive advances and when they can expect to receive the requested assistance.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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The fight agains Covid is on the right way - continue the liberal and social path
The “Luxembourgish way” – the mixture between vaccination and sanitary measures – is the right way in the fight against the pandemic. This was our parliamentary group’s leaders’ message at the concluding press conference of the DP parliamentary group.
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Improving everyday life for the public: before, during and after the crisis
This week in his Open Stage contribution on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum speaks about the political priorities of the country, besides the ones linked to the Covid crisis.
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Risk of a 4th wave of Covid-19 infections
The delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading more and more in Europe. This raises concerns that a fourth wave of infections could hit us in the autumn. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health how she assesses the risk of a 4th wave here in the country and whether preparations are already being made for this eventuality.
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Mandatory defibrillators in public buildings?
Defibrillators and first aid kits can save lives, as the recent case of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen has shown once again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann, Claude Lamberty, and Max Hahn wanted to know from the respective Ministries what is the plan to install more defibrillators in public areas.
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Discrimination against homosexuals when donating blood
Currently, homosexual men are not allowed to have sexual relations for 12 months if they want to give blood in Luxembourg. In other countries, such as the UK, the principle of individual risk is applied to sexual behaviour, so homosexuals are not discriminated against. Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the minister responsible whether discrimination against homosexuals...
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Combination of different vaccines against Covid-19
A recent study by the University of Saarland indicates that a combination of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Biontech/Pfizer leads to a higher immunisation. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether such a combination, once the results are confirmed, will also be considered in Luxembourg?
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More heatwaves because of climate change: what is the impact in Luxembourg?
Due to climate change, heat waves are becoming more frequent. This also increases the risk of dehydration and heat deaths, especially among the elderly and sick. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health a series of questions on this issue, including how many heat deaths and dehydrations there have been in this country in recent years.
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Environment and health go hand in hand
Our environment has a direct impact on our health in many ways. The Covid pandemic has clearly shown this. Therefore, the DP wants to strengthen the role of environmental medicine and the health policy.
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Making our healthcare sector fit for the future
A high-quality healthcare sector distinguishes itself above all through competent staff - the cornerstone of any healthcare sector. It just wouldn’t work without the doctors, nurses, midwives and all the other important health professionals.
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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Have organ transplants gone down due to the pandemic?
Due to the Covid crisis, many other medical procedures and treatments had to be cancelled or postponed. This also applies to organ transplants, especially kidney transplants. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health, among other things, how many kidney transplants had to be cancelled during the pandemic, how many patients are waiting for a kidney in this country and what conditions have to...
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For the country and its people, during and after the Corona Crisis
In the Tribune Libre on radio this week, our Secretary General Claude Lamberty spoke about the light at the end of the Corona Tunnel and the political future of the country after the crisis.
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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Postpartum depression
The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful moments in the life of every parent. In some cases, however, it happens that the mother or father develops a "postnatal depression". Constant fatigue, deep sadness and increased irritability are common symptoms. In this context, our deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health about the existing treatment options in Luxembourg.
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What is the situation of sexually transmitted diseases in Luxembourg?
Sexually transmitted diseases are still a real threat to our health. Antibiotic resistance is also contributing to certain diseases becoming more dangerous again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty asked the ministers responsible how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases there are in Luxembourg and what measures are being taken to curb their spread.
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Operations on intersex children – will they also be banned in Luxembourg?
Operations on intersex children are not uncommon. Intersexuality is often seen as a medical problem that needs to be addressed. Regardless of whether these children are healthy, they are being refused a choice that they should have been able to make a later date. In Germany, a law is currently being discussed prohibiting this practice and aiming to strengthen intersex children in their self-determination....
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A special leave in case of a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is a horrible moment for any parent. An end to a new life, before it even began. In New Zealand, a law has been passed to allow parents to take extra leave in this case. They should be given time to mourn their loss. Deputies Carole Hartmann and Max Hahn asked if such an extra leave is also planned in Luxembourg.
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Use of rapid tests in hospitals
Although hospitals follow strict hygiene measures, patients can still get infected with Covid-19 in a hospital. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health for statistics and how often rapid tests are used in hospitals to protect patients.
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Midwives without an invitation for the Covid-19 vaccination
It has come to our attention that some liberal midwives have not yet received an invitation to the Covid-19 vaccination. DP MP Carole Hartmann has asked the Minister of Health whether this problem is known and whether other health professionals are affected.
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Giving the youth perspectives during the pandemic
Especially now, during the pandemic, young people need perspectives to deal with the psychological strain. In an extended question, DP MP Claude Lamberty wanted to know from the Minister of Education what the effects of the crisis are on the mental health of young people, and what is being done about youth violence prevention.
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Making mental health a political priority
The pandemic is affecting many people mentally. It's about time to talk more about mental health.
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More political commitment for health professionals
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our health and our health care system have once again moved to the forefront of interest: healthcare professionals in particular. For this reason, the subject was discussed in Parliament in an interpellation.
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Report about the public funding of hospital Investments
The COVID crisis has shown how important a well-functioning health system — including hospitals – is.
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Vaccination center in Ettelbruck
The DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann were informed that there were no more free appointments at the vaccination center in Ettelbruck for some elderly people from the northern tip of the country who were invited to the Covid-19 vaccination. They were told by phone that they had to make an appointment in Mondorf. The MPs asked the Minister of Health whether these were individual cases and what...
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Additional noise abatement measures along motorways?
The action plan against noise on major highways does not a priori provide for strengthening protection against noise along the A1. However, it has come to the DP MP Carole Hartmann's attention that many people living near the motorway would like additional measures. Therefore, Carole Hartmann asked the responsible minister if other measures were possible.
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When can family doctors start vaccinating against Covid-19?
In addition to the vaccination centers, it should also be possible in future to vaccinate against Covid-19 in family doctors' practices. The Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, when this will be possible and whether everyone will be able to be vaccinated by their general practitioner.
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Gesondheet a Rettungswiesen
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Coffe break episode 8
Theories about the Covid-19 vaccination, the EU approval procedure and the Luxembourg vaccination strategy.
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Vaccinations in Ettelbruck, the northern tip and the north-west of the country?
For health professionals living in the north, it is a big waste of time to go all the way to Limpertsberg for their 2nd vaccination against Covid-19. André Bauler, a member of the DP, asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether these people could not be vaccinated for the second time at the new vaccination centre in Ettelbruck.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Vaccination of certain professional categories as a priority?
At the beginning of February, the Minister of Health unveiled the details of the second phase of the vaccination campaign in Luxembourg. In their parliamentary question, the deputies Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked whether it would not be appropriate to also give people from other socio-professional categories the benefit of a vaccination priority.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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Evaluation of the CGDIS' First Responder
The First Responder plays a key role in supporting people in a life-threatening emergency and ensuring the transmission of important information to the fire station until the emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident. In his parliamentary question, Max Hahn asked how the First Responder has developed within the CGDIS over the past two years.
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Reimbursement for lipedema surgery from the earliest stage
In Luxembourg, surgical procedures for lipedema are reimbursed from the 3rd stage onwards by the national health insurance fund. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the minister in charge why surgical procedures are not reimbursed from the first stage.
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What is the average participation rate in the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
As the second phase of the large-scale screening programme expires on March 24, 2021, the government has just announced that a third phase will be launched by March 15, 2021 and will end on July 15, 2021. In this context, MNA Carole Hartmann would like to know from the Minister of Health, what is the average response rate to invitations sent out as part of the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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Pneumococcal vaccine
In an agreement from 2018, between the State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the national health insurance fund, it was agreed that the pneumococcal vaccine will not be fully reimbursed to people over 85 years of age. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister for Social Security for the reasons for this age limit.
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Do I have to deregister if I refuse an invitation for vaccination against Covid-19?
The Ministry of Health sends out invitations for the Covid-19 vaccination. But do I have to deregister if I refuse the vaccination? Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health.
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Two new health centres in the north and east of the country
The south and the centre of the country will receive two new health centres. The Ministry of Health is also investigating where new health centres could be built in the north and east of the country. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health which cantons are being considered as locations.
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Coffe break episode 7
How is the mental health of the people in Luxembourg, especially in the context of the current pandemic?
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Is it possible that CBD products will be prohibited in the EU
The European Commission announced this November that cannabidiol (CBD) could be classified as a narcotic. As a consequence, products containing natural CBD would be banned within the EU. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Health some questions about this topic.
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A new rapid PCR test for Luxemourg?
A medical technology start-up has developed a new rapid PCR test. This test can be used in hospitals and doctors' surgeries. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health if this test will also be available in Luxembourg.
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What are the challenges with the Covid 19 vaccine?
The possibility of an effective vaccine against Covid-19 is growing. Still, questions remain, including about the storage and transport of the vaccine. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health some questions in this regard.
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What is the status of compliance with the mask requirement in public transport?
Since April, masks have been compulsory in public transport. The DP MP Max Hahn wanted to know from the responsible minister whether compliance with this rule is controlled and what is the result of these controls.
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What are the consequences of the resignation of six cardiologists from the North Hospital?
Six cardiologists from the North Hospital want to resign. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum asked the responsible ministers what impact these resignations will have on patient healthcare and whether unpaid on-call duties might have played a role in the doctors' decision.
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How can patient service be improved in the future regarding mammography tests?
The European Commission has issued a recommendation to do the mammography for women between the ages of 45 and 74. Currently, in Luxembourg, the obligatory screening is only done for women over the age of 50. It often takes too long to get an appointment for an ad-hoc check-up. Our MP Carole Hartmann asked the Ministry of Health whether this will change in the future.
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When will there be a uniform digital solution in Luxembourg’s health care system?
With the GesondheetsApp, the Digital Health Network in cooperation with the AMMD has developed an application that would allow the patients to carry out all their medical operations digitally. Despite a political agreement, the app is currently being used conditionally and in a limited way? Why is the app not being used to its full extent, and when will there be uniform solutions in this regard? Our...
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Delays in tuberculosis tests for Ukrainian refugees
People who have fled Ukraine and want to work or go to school in Luxembourg, must first undergo a medical check-up and a tuberculosis test to complete their file. Due to delays in the appointments, many of these people are currently blocked in the process. When are these people allowed to start looking for a job, and are these children not allowed to go to school? Our MP Carole Hartmann has queried...
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No agreement between CNS and FAPSYLUX – now what?
For years, attempts have been made to find an agreement to reimburse the psychotherapeutic treatment. Again and again the negotiations are broken off because both parties can’t come to an agreement. The patient remain without help. Until when should a solution be found? Our MP Carole Hartmann asked the minister in charge.
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What happens to animals in a house fire?
When a private house or apartment catches fire, it is often not just people who are at risk. Many people also have pets. Not every animal is good at making itself heard. Is the fire brigade informed about pets? What methods are there and how are animals helped in an emergency? Our MP Claude Lamberty asked for further details.
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Will vaccination against shingles be included in the national vaccination schedule?
People over 50 have the greatest risk of getting shingles. Vaccines can help with treatment and prevention. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers whether the vaccine Shingrix, which is used against shingles, can be included in the national vaccination plan.
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How many men suffer from breast cancer in Luxembourg?
Men can also get breast cancer. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how many men are affected in Luxembourg and whether mammograms are performed on men.
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How often are candidacies for a state concession for a pharmacy rejected?
To obtain a state licence for a pharmacy, certain criteria must be met in the application process. Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many candidacies were rejected and how many times a rejection was successfully appealed.
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Increased risk of skin cancer - how can we protect ourselves in the future?
The sun reaches the earth's surface ever stronger and longer. With climate change, the risk of skin cancer is also increasing. More and more people spend more time outside, and people whose jobs are on the outside are more and more exposed to the sun. How should we counter this danger in the future? Our MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have inquired with the responsible ministries.
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No more vaccination bus for the North?
A vaccination bus in Ettelbruck had to spontaneously replace a vaccination bus in the centre. This despite the fact that citizens were queuing for their vaccination in Ettelbrück. DP MP André Bauler asked the Minister of Health how the vaccination bus service is organised in this country, why the vaccination bus from Ettelbrück had to stand in at the centre and whether it is true that vaccination buses...
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o the delays in pricing have an impact on patients' access to new medicines?
It has come to the attention of DP MPs Gusty Graas, Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum that the Ministry of Social Security has changed the procedure for setting prices for new medicines. This can lead to delays before a new drug is available to patients. Why has the procedure been changed and how often has the 90-day time limit for pricing been exceeded?
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What is being done so that doctors from third countries get a work permit in Luxembourg faster?
Doctors from third countries must first have their diplomas recognized in another member state before they are allowed to work in Luxembourg. Since this brings difficulties in practice, especially in the case of Ukrainian refugees, the DP MP Carole Hartmann asked how the procedure could be simplified.
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Away from a hospital- centred health system
The closure of the Ettelbrück maternity hospital has shown us that the shortage of doctors is already having serious consequences for citizens.
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Have there already been incidents of ‘needle spiking’ in Luxembourg?
"Needle Spiking" involves secretly injecting a substance to render people defenseless at parties. For some time there have been increasing reports of people in clubs, at concerts or at festivals becoming victims of this phenomenon. Have there already been cases in Luxembourg and how should one react? What do the police do in such a case? Our MP Gusty Graas asked the relevant ministries.
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How much flu vaccine has Luxembourg pre-ordered for the next flu season?
We will probably have to prepare for a more severe flu wave again in autumn and winter. Pre-orders for the flu vaccine had to be submitted in some countries by the end of March. DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how much flu vaccine Luxembourg has ordered and whether it will be enough to provide the vaccine to all vulnerable people and health professionals.
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Should the use of medical cannabis be expanded?
Since 2018, the use of medicinal cannabis is allowed in Luxembourg and helps, among others, patients with chronic pain. The DP MPs Max Hahn and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible ministers whether medical cannabis should also be used to treat other diseases and whether medical cannabis could also be sold in pharmacies outside the hospital in the future.
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How big is the problem of " puffs " in Luxembourg?
In France, puffs, disposable electronic cigarettes, are becoming increasingly popular among young people. The French Ministry of Health is concerned about the emergence of a new generation of smokers. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty wanted to know from the Minister of Health whether "puffs" were a problem in Luxembourg and whether it would be useful to inform the population about the...
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Relocation of professional firefighters from the north?
Deputy André Bauler asked the Ministry of the Interior if it was right that professional firefighters from the CGDIS centers in the north of the country will be transferred to other regions of the country.
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How can the attractiveness of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord be improved?
At its two sites in Wiltz and Ettelbruck, the ChdN ensures healthcare for the north and partly for the east of the country. What will be done to make the two sites also attractive in the future? DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether cooperation with the University of Luxembourg was planned, whether specialisation in a medical field was envisaged...
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Shortage of personnel in Ettelbrück to ensure the ambulance service?
MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn have been informed that there are currently difficulties in Ettelbrück with the staff to provide the ambulance service. In this context, the two politicians asked the Ministry of the Interior, among other things, about the availability of volunteers.
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How often do cosmetic operations in Luxembourg cause undesirable side effects?
Interest in cosmetic medicine is growing. Unfortunately, it also happens time and again that procedures are performed by people without the appropriate training. The consequences are real dangers for the patients. The DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether there are figures on cosmetic surgery in Luxembourg and how often patients had to be treated for undesirable side...
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What is the real danger of new tick species?
The tick season is starting again and new tick species are finding their way to Luxembourg. Gusty Graas, DP MP, asked the Minister of Health which diseases have been detected in tick bites in Luxembourg so far and whether awareness should not be raised again in a more visible way.
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When will the Supreme Council for Health and Safety at Work be reconvened?
The CSSST, which reports to the Directorate of Health, has not met since 2018. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health why no more meetings have taken place and whether the Minister will convene a meeting in the near future.
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Relocation of the Vianden pharmacy to the commune of Tandel?
It seems to be the case that the pharmacy will be transferred from Vianden to the commune of Tandel. DP MP André Bauler has asked the Minister of Health whether there is a concrete wish for this transfer and whether there have already been discussions with the relevant municipal authorities.
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Which doctors are missing in the country?
There is a shortage of doctors in Luxembourg. This provokes long waiting times and long journeys for patients. André Bauler and Gilles Baum, DP MPs, asked the Minister of Health if she knew how many doctors of all specialities work in Luxembourg and how many doctors have joined or retired in the last five years.
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Shouldn't midwives play a more important role in childbirth in the future?
Following the closure of the maternity clinic at the Ettelbruck site of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord, DP MP Carole Hartmann will put an extended parliamentary question to the Minister of Health in the Chamber. How does the Minister see the promotion of home births, the establishment of a birth centre, as they have existed in Germany for a long time, or the establishment of a midwife ambulance?
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Are patients rejected in the emergency room of the Kirchberg hospital?
The DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have heard that the hospital in Kirchberg sometimes rejected patients brought to the emergency room by ambulance during the "small watch". In a parliamentary question, they therefore wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether this was true and if so, what was being done to prevent such cases.
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What is the risk that the maternity clinic in Ettelbruck will have to close in the next few days?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum have learned that the Ettelbruck site of the Centre hospitalier du Nord will no longer have any paediatricians available in the next few days and that the maternity hospital therefore risks having to close. For this reason, they asked the Minister of Health if this was true and, if so, what the reasons were for this circumstance.
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How many paediatricians are currently working in Luxembourg?
There are already not enough paediatricians working in this country. With the population growth, waiting times will continue to increase. DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum asked the responsible ministers how many paediatricians are currently working in Luxembourg, how many Luxembourgers are studying paediatrics and how many paediatricians will be needed by 2025.
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When will outpatient radiology receive nomenclature tariffs?
Up to now, there are no tariffs in the nomenclature for out-of-hospital radiology. This means that, for example, an MRI scan is only fully covered by health insurance if it is performed in hospital. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum asked the ministers concerned when the subject will be discussed again in the nomenclature commission and whether they do not think that the absence of such tariffs...
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What is being done about endometriosis in Luxembourg ?
In France, a national strategy to fight endometriosis was announced this month. A disease that affects 180 million women worldwide. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wanted to know from the ministers responsible how many women suffer from this disease in this country and what is being done about endometriosis.
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Is it true that the Wiltz Clinic will be converted into a day clinic?
DP MP André Bauler has heard that the clinic in Wiltz is to be converted into a day clinic. In a parliamentary question, the Northern MP therefore wanted to know from the Minister of Health what the concept of this day clinic will be, what this means for the emergency room of the Wiltz clinic and whether this will have an impact on the Ettelbrück site of the Centre Hospitalier du Nord.
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How are our farmers, gardeners and winegrowers doing?
A few years ago, the service "En oppent Ouer fir de Bauer, Wënzer a Gärtner" was launched. The liberal MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how this service is doing and whether if there was made more use of the service due to the pandemic?
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A medical centre at the northern tip of the country?
At night and on weekends, people in the far north of the country often have to travel a long way to the nearest doctor in case of illness. DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the Minister of Health whether it would not be appropriate to install another medical centre in the north of the country, and what can be done to improve the situation in the short term?
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How many people in Luxembourg suffer from scleroderma, and where can they get help?
Local or systemic - scleroderma is a relatively unknown autoimmune disease with various pathologies. Individual variants of this disease cause symptoms that can range from ‘mild’ to fatal symptoms. Who is affected in Luxembourg, who are the specialists and where can you get help? Our MP Gusty Graas inquired with the respective ministries.
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The shaken baby syndrome - a brief moment with great risk.
A shaking trauma in infants can lead to bleeding in the head, in the worst case to a broken neck with fatal consequences. How are new parents informed in Luxembourg and what is being done to protect babies? Our MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas have asked the responsible ministry.
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Why is there a Patiente Vertriedung form on vaccination side effects?
Since 26 January 2022, a form has been available on the website of the Patients' Association (Patiente Vertriedung asbl), which allows people to report adverse reactions to vaccinations. The MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wonder why such a form exists and whether it complies with the legislation.
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Where does the work on a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique" stand?
The coalition agreement provides for the introduction of a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique". If accidents occur during treatment without any fault on the part of the healthcare provider, this fund is to compensate patients. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers where the work stands and whether this fund will be introduced during this legislative period?
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What is the participation rate in the early detection programme "Bilan 30"?
The audiophonological service provides early detection of language deficits in children aged 30 months. DP MPs Max Hahn, Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health questions about participation and current problems in making appointments.
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There is no way around a sectoral and age-specific mandatory vaccination
On the Tribune Libre on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum has presented the arguments on a proposed mandatory vaccination against the Corona virus.
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On what criteria is the national representativeness of Patiente Vertriedung asbl. based?
The Patiente Vertriedung asbl. (PV) is supported by the state and is represented in various national bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health what criteria are used to recognise the PV's representativeness and how much it has been subsidised in recent years.
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Does type 2 diabetes occur more frequently in children and adolescents?
Since the pandemic, cases of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents seem to be increasing in Germany. DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether there is also an increase in Luxembourg and how often treatment by a nutritionist was reimbursed.
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Pediatrics in Luxembourg
If the child is sick but the pediatrician is not available at the moment, parents can take their child to the children's clinic, the Bohler Clinic or the children's outpatient clinic in the North Hospital. In addition to long waiting times, parents from the north and east of the country in particular often have to travel long distances. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann therefore wanted to know...
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When does the CGDIS - Psychological Support Group intervene?
As part of the CGDIS, the Psychological Support Group steps in when there are accidents, disasters or other incidents. Where have the volunteer teams been deployed recently, how many volunteers are currently committed in the teams and has the Covid crisis aggravated the situation for the teams over the past years? Our MPs Claude Lamberty and Max Hahn have asked the responsible ministry for clarifications.
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What is the Minister doing about the long delays in the orders for a PCR test or for isolation?
DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked what the reasons are for the delays in issuing the isolation, quarantine and PCR test orders and what is being done to solve these problems.
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Allowance for doctors in the process of specialisation
The law of 31 July 2020 has adapted the allowances for doctors in the process of specialisation. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health whether doctors in the process of specialisation already receive this adapted allowance and, if not, whether a retroactive reimbursement of the difference is planned.
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Why were several pregnant women denied the booster vaccination ?
Despite being invited for a booster vaccination, several pregnant women were refused the vaccination at the vaccination centre. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty asked the Minister of Health why this is the case and what is being done to enable these women to access their booster vaccination.
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Benelux - Together against illegal drug crime and organised crime
On December 11th, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly unanimously adopted a recommendation regarding the illegal drug industry and organised crime. How should this cooperation work and how does the Government see future cooperation on this topic? Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the ministries in charge.
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Exhaustion of health workers due to Covid 19 pandemic
Due to the pandemic, we risk losing health workers because they quit their jobs or take early retirement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the responsible ministers if there are figures for Luxembourg and what can be done to prevent a loss of health workers.
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The Covid helpline does not always work optimally
DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the Minister of Health, among other things, why the helpline does not inform you about your position in the queue.
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What impact does the 4th wave of infections have on hospitals?
Infection figures are rising again and more people are being hospitalised with Covid-19. DP MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health if medical treatments have already had to be postponed or cancelled and which hospitals are most affected.
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What is the Minister of Labour's assessment of the training offered in the context of short-time work?
As a means to prevent redundancies during the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Luxembourg introduced a short-time working scheme. Additionally, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy offered vouchers for training. The members of parliament André Bauler and Carole Hartmann are enquiring about the Minister of Labour’s assessment of...
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Rehabilitation after a stroke
Neurological rehabilitation is essential to limit the long-term consequences of a stroke. However, an article published in the "Luxemburger Wort" on 29 October 2021 pointed to possible inconsistencies in the treatment of rehabilitation in Luxembourg. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas submitted some questions to the ministers in charge of this matter.
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What about the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination?
Some countries restrict the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination for entry into their country. For people who were vaccinated at the beginning of the year, the validity of the vaccination will therefore expire soon. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible ministers whether Luxembourg also plans to introduce such a validity limit and what can be done at EU level.
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Interview with the Minister for Family Affairs Corinne Cahen
For the most part, the residents are doing well. However, I get told every day by older people that they never want to be imprisoned again. I can understand that very well. We will therefore do everything in our power to ensure that everyone can live their lives independently, including in retirement and care homes.
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More renaturalisation and an improved warning system
The floods of the summer have hit our country unexpectedly. In comparison to neighboring countries, Luxembourg had the chance that no one was injured. However, dramatic scenes unfolded here as well, and the water caused enormous damage. All of this in addition to a corona crisis which, on its own, is already affecting many people and companies.
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The way out of the crisis
Vaccines are the best weapon against the Corona-virus. They are the most effective solution to avoid a harsh fall and winter.
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Is Luxembourg prepared for the spread of dengue fever?
Dengue is spreading more and more in our so-called temperate regions. In this regard, the Democratic Party deputies André Bauler and Gilles Baum put some questions to the Minister of Health, asking, among other things, about the preparation of our hospitals, the monitoring of the spread of the virus in our country and the perspectives established by the WHO.
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More pharmacies in Luxembourg in the future?
Population growth is increasing demands in a number of different areas. The supply of medicines and related products is one of these. Against this background, our MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other questions, if an increase in the pharmacy quota is planned for this decade.
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CNS affiliation after a vacation job
Students who are still living with their parents have to re-affiliate with a parent at the CNS after a vacation job. Deputy Gilles Baum has heard that many people are not aware of this. In order to avoid nasty surprises in the event of illness, the leader of the DP group asks if, in the context of co-insurance, an automation could not be introduced to reassure children about their parents without further...
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How soon can flood-affected businesses expect to receive assistance?
Many businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes and campsites, which have already suffered greatly from the containment, have now suffered enormous damage from the flooding. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked Minister for the Middle Class Lex Delles if these companies can receive advances and when they can expect to receive the requested assistance.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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The fight agains Covid is on the right way - continue the liberal and social path
The “Luxembourgish way” – the mixture between vaccination and sanitary measures – is the right way in the fight against the pandemic. This was our parliamentary group’s leaders’ message at the concluding press conference of the DP parliamentary group.
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Improving everyday life for the public: before, during and after the crisis
This week in his Open Stage contribution on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum speaks about the political priorities of the country, besides the ones linked to the Covid crisis.
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Risk of a 4th wave of Covid-19 infections
The delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading more and more in Europe. This raises concerns that a fourth wave of infections could hit us in the autumn. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health how she assesses the risk of a 4th wave here in the country and whether preparations are already being made for this eventuality.
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Mandatory defibrillators in public buildings?
Defibrillators and first aid kits can save lives, as the recent case of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen has shown once again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann, Claude Lamberty, and Max Hahn wanted to know from the respective Ministries what is the plan to install more defibrillators in public areas.
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Discrimination against homosexuals when donating blood
Currently, homosexual men are not allowed to have sexual relations for 12 months if they want to give blood in Luxembourg. In other countries, such as the UK, the principle of individual risk is applied to sexual behaviour, so homosexuals are not discriminated against. Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the minister responsible whether discrimination against homosexuals...
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Combination of different vaccines against Covid-19
A recent study by the University of Saarland indicates that a combination of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Biontech/Pfizer leads to a higher immunisation. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether such a combination, once the results are confirmed, will also be considered in Luxembourg?
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More heatwaves because of climate change: what is the impact in Luxembourg?
Due to climate change, heat waves are becoming more frequent. This also increases the risk of dehydration and heat deaths, especially among the elderly and sick. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health a series of questions on this issue, including how many heat deaths and dehydrations there have been in this country in recent years.
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Environment and health go hand in hand
Our environment has a direct impact on our health in many ways. The Covid pandemic has clearly shown this. Therefore, the DP wants to strengthen the role of environmental medicine and the health policy.
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Making our healthcare sector fit for the future
A high-quality healthcare sector distinguishes itself above all through competent staff - the cornerstone of any healthcare sector. It just wouldn’t work without the doctors, nurses, midwives and all the other important health professionals.
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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Have organ transplants gone down due to the pandemic?
Due to the Covid crisis, many other medical procedures and treatments had to be cancelled or postponed. This also applies to organ transplants, especially kidney transplants. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health, among other things, how many kidney transplants had to be cancelled during the pandemic, how many patients are waiting for a kidney in this country and what conditions have to...
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For the country and its people, during and after the Corona Crisis
In the Tribune Libre on radio this week, our Secretary General Claude Lamberty spoke about the light at the end of the Corona Tunnel and the political future of the country after the crisis.
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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Postpartum depression
The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful moments in the life of every parent. In some cases, however, it happens that the mother or father develops a "postnatal depression". Constant fatigue, deep sadness and increased irritability are common symptoms. In this context, our deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health about the existing treatment options in Luxembourg.
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What is the situation of sexually transmitted diseases in Luxembourg?
Sexually transmitted diseases are still a real threat to our health. Antibiotic resistance is also contributing to certain diseases becoming more dangerous again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty asked the ministers responsible how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases there are in Luxembourg and what measures are being taken to curb their spread.
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Operations on intersex children – will they also be banned in Luxembourg?
Operations on intersex children are not uncommon. Intersexuality is often seen as a medical problem that needs to be addressed. Regardless of whether these children are healthy, they are being refused a choice that they should have been able to make a later date. In Germany, a law is currently being discussed prohibiting this practice and aiming to strengthen intersex children in their self-determination....
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A special leave in case of a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is a horrible moment for any parent. An end to a new life, before it even began. In New Zealand, a law has been passed to allow parents to take extra leave in this case. They should be given time to mourn their loss. Deputies Carole Hartmann and Max Hahn asked if such an extra leave is also planned in Luxembourg.
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Use of rapid tests in hospitals
Although hospitals follow strict hygiene measures, patients can still get infected with Covid-19 in a hospital. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health for statistics and how often rapid tests are used in hospitals to protect patients.
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Midwives without an invitation for the Covid-19 vaccination
It has come to our attention that some liberal midwives have not yet received an invitation to the Covid-19 vaccination. DP MP Carole Hartmann has asked the Minister of Health whether this problem is known and whether other health professionals are affected.
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Giving the youth perspectives during the pandemic
Especially now, during the pandemic, young people need perspectives to deal with the psychological strain. In an extended question, DP MP Claude Lamberty wanted to know from the Minister of Education what the effects of the crisis are on the mental health of young people, and what is being done about youth violence prevention.
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Making mental health a political priority
The pandemic is affecting many people mentally. It's about time to talk more about mental health.
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More political commitment for health professionals
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our health and our health care system have once again moved to the forefront of interest: healthcare professionals in particular. For this reason, the subject was discussed in Parliament in an interpellation.
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Report about the public funding of hospital Investments
The COVID crisis has shown how important a well-functioning health system — including hospitals – is.
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Vaccination center in Ettelbruck
The DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann were informed that there were no more free appointments at the vaccination center in Ettelbruck for some elderly people from the northern tip of the country who were invited to the Covid-19 vaccination. They were told by phone that they had to make an appointment in Mondorf. The MPs asked the Minister of Health whether these were individual cases and what...
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Additional noise abatement measures along motorways?
The action plan against noise on major highways does not a priori provide for strengthening protection against noise along the A1. However, it has come to the DP MP Carole Hartmann's attention that many people living near the motorway would like additional measures. Therefore, Carole Hartmann asked the responsible minister if other measures were possible.
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When can family doctors start vaccinating against Covid-19?
In addition to the vaccination centers, it should also be possible in future to vaccinate against Covid-19 in family doctors' practices. The Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, when this will be possible and whether everyone will be able to be vaccinated by their general practitioner.
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Gesondheet a Rettungswiesen
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Coffe break episode 8
Theories about the Covid-19 vaccination, the EU approval procedure and the Luxembourg vaccination strategy.
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Vaccinations in Ettelbruck, the northern tip and the north-west of the country?
For health professionals living in the north, it is a big waste of time to go all the way to Limpertsberg for their 2nd vaccination against Covid-19. André Bauler, a member of the DP, asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether these people could not be vaccinated for the second time at the new vaccination centre in Ettelbruck.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Vaccination of certain professional categories as a priority?
At the beginning of February, the Minister of Health unveiled the details of the second phase of the vaccination campaign in Luxembourg. In their parliamentary question, the deputies Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked whether it would not be appropriate to also give people from other socio-professional categories the benefit of a vaccination priority.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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Evaluation of the CGDIS' First Responder
The First Responder plays a key role in supporting people in a life-threatening emergency and ensuring the transmission of important information to the fire station until the emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident. In his parliamentary question, Max Hahn asked how the First Responder has developed within the CGDIS over the past two years.
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Reimbursement for lipedema surgery from the earliest stage
In Luxembourg, surgical procedures for lipedema are reimbursed from the 3rd stage onwards by the national health insurance fund. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the minister in charge why surgical procedures are not reimbursed from the first stage.
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What is the average participation rate in the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
As the second phase of the large-scale screening programme expires on March 24, 2021, the government has just announced that a third phase will be launched by March 15, 2021 and will end on July 15, 2021. In this context, MNA Carole Hartmann would like to know from the Minister of Health, what is the average response rate to invitations sent out as part of the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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Pneumococcal vaccine
In an agreement from 2018, between the State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the national health insurance fund, it was agreed that the pneumococcal vaccine will not be fully reimbursed to people over 85 years of age. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister for Social Security for the reasons for this age limit.
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Do I have to deregister if I refuse an invitation for vaccination against Covid-19?
The Ministry of Health sends out invitations for the Covid-19 vaccination. But do I have to deregister if I refuse the vaccination? Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health.
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Two new health centres in the north and east of the country
The south and the centre of the country will receive two new health centres. The Ministry of Health is also investigating where new health centres could be built in the north and east of the country. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health which cantons are being considered as locations.
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Coffe break episode 7
How is the mental health of the people in Luxembourg, especially in the context of the current pandemic?
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Is it possible that CBD products will be prohibited in the EU
The European Commission announced this November that cannabidiol (CBD) could be classified as a narcotic. As a consequence, products containing natural CBD would be banned within the EU. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Health some questions about this topic.
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A new rapid PCR test for Luxemourg?
A medical technology start-up has developed a new rapid PCR test. This test can be used in hospitals and doctors' surgeries. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health if this test will also be available in Luxembourg.
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What are the challenges with the Covid 19 vaccine?
The possibility of an effective vaccine against Covid-19 is growing. Still, questions remain, including about the storage and transport of the vaccine. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health some questions in this regard.
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What is the status of compliance with the mask requirement in public transport?
Since April, masks have been compulsory in public transport. The DP MP Max Hahn wanted to know from the responsible minister whether compliance with this rule is controlled and what is the result of these controls.
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