Bad Frankenhausen - Around 900 people protested yesterday evening against the threat of closure of the deficit in Bad Frankenhausen (Kyffhäuserkreis). The police announced that they had gathered for about an hour and half in the parking lot in front of the hospital.
The mayor of the city, Matthias Strejc (SPD), who had called for the protests, was also there. He accuses the German Red Cross (DRK) of deliberately causing the clinic's financial difficulties as the operator. The district administrator from the Kyffhäuserkreis, Antje Hochwind (SPD), as well as state parliament member Dorothea Marx (SPD) also took part in the protests.
According to the DRK, the hospital is currently losing more than 10,000 euros per day. The occupancy rate is currently 58 percent, at least 85 percent are economical. Around 200 employees are employed, including 17 doctors and 77 nurses.
The DRK is interested in taking over the remaining houses in Sömmerda and Sondershausen it. In addition, the Kyffhäuserkreis had been offered to transfer the former municipal house back.
Minister of Social Affairs Heike Werner (Linke) met with representatives of the Kyffhäuserkreis and the Nordhausen district last week to discuss possible new municipal support structure for the three DRK clinics with the participation of the municipal Südharz Hospital Nordhausen. The country is interested in maintaining all three locations, said ministry spokesman.