Düsseldorf - 212 million euros will be available from 2016 in the new "Structural Fund NRW" for changes to the hospital landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). "We need reconstruction of the hospital landscape so that we can still be well cared for in the future," said Health Minister Barbara Steffens (Bündnis90 / Greens) at an event to present the new fund in Mülheim an der Ruhr, to which the Ministry and the State Center attend Health.
The structural fund is part of the new hospital structure law from December 2015. The federal government provides around 106 million euros for the NRW fund, the same amount is financed by the state including share of the hospital operators, so that total of around 212 million euros is available for hospitals in North Rhine-Westphalia.
"We are pleased that the state intends to fully exhaust the amount of around 106 million euros available for NRW in the structural fund, ”said the President of the, Jochen Brink. The country is contributing 89 million euros this year and in the coming years. The hospital owners should be involved with around 17 million euros. “It should be the goal of all of us to make full use of these 212 million euros in NRW,” he demanded at the event.
He stressed that the financial resources are important, "but just as important will be positive support for structural fund projects," said the President of the Hospital Society. Closures or changes in the offers of hospitals triggered fears among employees and the population. There is risk that planned changes will trigger emotions in the region and that carriers willing to act will become bogeyman in the media. "If we agree on the relevant projects, then we have to stand together and inform the population and employees transparently and well," said Brink.
In 2014, there were 364 hospitals in North Rhine-Westphalia with 120,268 beds and 253,660 Employees. The average bed occupancy was 76.1 percent.