In view of the current decision of the Federal Constitutional Court, the Association of University Hospitals in Germany (VUD) and the Medical Faculty Day are calling on the federal and state governments to meet the financial requirements for the necessary freedom of science in university medicine to accomplish. "Due to the dwindling basic funding for research and teaching and the inadequate hospital funding, there is an urgent need for action," the associations told the Deutsches Ärzteblatt on the occasion of the current decision of the Federal Constitutional Court (1 BvR 3217/07) The state of Lower Saxony is now obliged to introduce new legal regulation with which the participation of university scientists in all science-related decisions can be guaranteed. A university professor and member of the Senate of the Hannover Medical School (MHH) had sued. He criticized the fact that essential powers at the MHH were transferred to three-person board without ensuring the participation rights of the scientists or the Senate.
University medicine welcomes the fact that, according to the court, scientists at university must be able to participate in science-related decisions. According to the court, this includes not only decisions about research and teaching, but also about the organizational structure, the budget and health care. The decision underlines the special role of university medicine and the structural features in comparison to non-university clinics, emphasized the associations of university medicine.
"However, the action and efficiency of university medicine must not suffer. University hospitals and medical faculties need strong leadership because they face tough competition nationally and internationally, "they continued, and called on the case law to" apply practical standards to academic freedom ".
The Secretary General of the is unclear According to VUD, Ralf Heyer, how the judgment will affect the organization of the individual universities and the respective state university laws. "Here there is tension between the participation rights of scientists and the requirements for corporate management," said Heyer. ER