Cabinet approves hospital plan in Thuringia

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Heike Werner (The Left), Minister of Health, Bodo Ramelow (The Left), Prime Minister of Thuringia, and Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff, Head of the State Chancellery (The Left) (file photo). /image alliance, Martin Schutt

Erfurt – Plans for the layout of Thuringia’s hospital landscape in the coming years have overcome another hurdle. The cabinet has approved what is now Thuringia’s eighth hospital plan, as Health Minister Heike Werner (left) said.

It is valid until 2030. “Hospitals now have the necessary clarity,” said the minister. These are guidelines for further planning.

The main message for patients is that the state wants to keep all locations in Thuringia and improve medical care, Werner said. A heart attack network is also included in the hospital plan. This should help ensure that heart attack patients receive better care in the future.

With a view to reforming federal hospitals, Werner made it clear that clinics will have to rely more on cooperation, centralization and specialization in the future. The background is that the reform envisages the introduction of medical service groups in hospitals. Until now, planning has taken place in specialized areas.

In a report on the hospital plan, experts also concluded that 2,900 of the approximately 14,600 hospital beds could be eliminated without major impacts on supply security.

Werner emphasized that only with clarity about the reform of federal hospitals will it be possible to say exactly how the clinics will actually develop. Important figures on demand forecasts only arrived last week and still need to be evaluated.

However, the country has decided to adopt the hospital plan now and not wait like other countries. It is about giving the homes a deadline.

AOK Plus CEO Rainer Striebel praised the planning. It sets the right priorities with a focus on quality and specialization of treatment. “Not every hospital has to be able to do everything.” © dpa/aerzteblatt.de

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