Hanover - The clinics in Lower Saxony are to receive 120 million euros in investment funds from the state this year. That plans that. However, the state cabinet still has to agree. Nevertheless, the hospital planning committee has already made recommendations on how to use the money today. "The recommendations of the planning committee are groundbreaking, because we only want to invest in sustainable structures," said Lower Saxony's Minister of Social Affairs Cornelia Rundt (SPD).
For example, the Evangelical Hospital Holzminden for restructuring the Functional and care area. 6.5 million euros are to be made available for this this year alone. The St. Josefs Hospital in Cloppenburg will also be included. Around six million euros are to flow into the expansion and renovation of this hospital this year.
At the same time, several central projects are to be further financed, among other things the new building of the central hospital Schaumburg with 25 million euros. The three smaller somatic hospitals Klinikum Schaumburg (198 beds), the district hospital Rinteln (123 beds) and the hospital Bückeburg (166 beds) are to be combined under one roof.
"A better, high-quality supply for the Patients in Lower Saxony have priority over securing locations, "said Jörg Niemann, head of the Association of Substitute Funds in Lower Saxony.
" It must remain the joint task of all those involved in the planning committee to ensure that in large state like Lower Saxony an adequate inpatient basic care can be guaranteed for all citizens ”, said Helge Engelke, association director of. The size of hospital alone cannot and should not be criteria for the needs-based justice ", he said.
" Of course, final decisions regarding the hospital structure can only be made by those responsible on site, "emphasized Rundt. The state is actively helping to shape this process through advice, moderation and targeted control of investment funds.