When the corona crisis began, there was a great willingness to trust the measures of the Prime Minister’s Conference. »In March 2020 it was time to act. We also supported that, «says the member of the Bundestag and legal advisor for Friedrich Straetmann’s left-wing parliamentary group. “But that was not a license for the government for the entire duration of the pandemic.” Instead of a license, the left-wing faction wants to anchor a pandemic council in the Infection Protection Act.
The federal government continues to come under pressure month after month in the pandemic. Decisions and statements that were initially valid were soon revised. At first, masks were deemed unnecessary and ineffective. After a few days of public discussion, everyday masks are suddenly the method of choice. With the increasing availability of medical masks, these are becoming an everyday item. A path that the FFP2 masks are now also taking. The decisions of the rulers are accompanied by criticism and opposing views and are increasingly dividing a part of society.
“It is not enough just to criticize this issue, we also have to make it clear: How could it work,” says Bundestag Vice President Petra Pau, who helped several members of the left-wing parliamentary group draft the law. “We notice almost every day that the Infection Protection Act was not designed for this crisis. Hence our bill. “
In a pandemic council, the left faction is primarily concerned with bringing more information to the Bundestag. So far, Parliament has only been informed orally by the Federal Government. “We can only assess a measure if we have this information,” Straetmanns justified the demand for written information, which should also contain the decision-making bases such as medical data, according to which the rulers have so far made decisions.
Straetmanns does not want to delay the work of the ministries and the regulations. “But where it makes sense, the Bundestag should be able to adopt the measures and bring them into law. I think of things like the vaccination sequence and the restrictions imposed. “
The criticism of the federal government is clearly noticeable these days. The number of deaths this week again reached highs since the beginning of the pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute reported 1,244 deaths on Thursday and 1,113 deaths on Friday. The recently decided measures are ready for action just a few days later. The vaccinations are slow to start.
“In the meantime, however, there is no longer any reason to override democratic practices or even the Basic Law and to act with bodies that are in no way legitimized,” says Petra Pau. Above all, Pau wants to involve citizens in the pandemic council for far-reaching measures and resolutions. The regulations for Christmas would have been an issue for the pandemic council, as was the current vaccination sequence. “After the bumpy start of the vaccinations, I think that acceptance of the procedure is more likely to be achieved through a law than through the different procedures in the individual federal states,” says Pau.
Friedrich Straetmanns also sees a number of issues for the pandemic council: »The health system must be put to the test, especially now when the deficiencies are becoming clear. Which areas have to be returned to the municipalities? What happens to the profits that exist in the crisis? “
The left-wing parliamentary group is now hoping for support and a broad debate that will take place beyond the parliamentary group boundaries of the Bundestag. Above all, laws should arise where the ordinances have so far been ineffective. »The question of working from home is also a question of occupational safety. All of this has profound effects and should be discussed in a pandemic council made up of citizens and scientists in order to ultimately be poured into legal form, «demands Pau. “Otherwise it will fall out of focus again at the end of the pandemic.”