Employees informed - LKH Graz: Patients have to be turned away

The Graz University Hospital issued a call for help on Tuesday: Because countless doctors and nurses are missing, not all patients can be admitted for the first time. In the afternoon, the 7000 employees were informed about the tense situation. In the background there was a disagreement with the hospital board.

It was an act of desperation: Because the Graz University Hospital is no longer able to fulfill its statutory care obligations to the usual extent due to the massive staff shortage, around 7,000 employees were informed about the “tense situation” by the hospital management via live stream on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. It has long been impossible to take care of all patients, and it is becoming increasingly common for seriously ill patients to go to other houses in other federal states such as Wr. Neustadt or Klagenfurt have to be transported further. Long waiting times for operations are now part of everyday life. 247 beds blocked in the Graz LKH As of January 11th, 200 nursing staff are only missing at the Graz University Hospital, 247 beds are therefore currently blocked. “Forecasts show that the situation will only relax again in 2026,” said the medical director, Wolfgang Köle. Hellmut Samonigg, Rector of the Medical University of Graz, called the biggest problems by name: “Special subjects such as neurosurgery or neurosurgery Cardiac surgery is only available in Graz, there is no other location in Styria where such patients can go. That is why it is our obligation to inform the public and politicians.” The oncologist pointed out another grievance: “The clinic has an obligation to handle the medical student training. We are registering an increasing restriction in this area – the same applies to specialist training.” Press unloaded The clinic management also wanted to inform the press on Tuesday about the “comprehensive program of measures to improve the working situation”. Extra bonuses for heavily frequented outpatient clinics or welcome bonuses for new nurses are planned solution strategies, and there should also be commuter grants. In addition, the LKH Graz II and that in Weiz are to cooperate more closely with the university clinic in the future. But that didn’t happen: “Krone”, “Kleine Zeitung” and “ORF” were unloaded again at very short notice, operations director Gebhard Falzberger, the medical director, Wolfgang Köle, Nursing Director Gabriele Möstl, Med-Uni Rector Hellmut Samonigg and his deputy Andreas Leithner called back by the board at the last second. Message control or political calculation? Kages board member Gerhard Stark (whose press department still knew nothing about the appointment on Tuesday morning) justified This unusual step compared to the “Krone” like this: “Usually the Kages corporate communication is involved in such appointments, this time it was different. Yes, there are a lot of problems at the university hospital, but before countermeasures can be presented on a grand scale, all the details must be right and coordinated so that nobody feels disadvantaged also a product of a centralization policy in the hospital system that has been pursued for years. Styrian country hospitals have been gradually starved and many services have been bundled exclusively in Graz. Centralization policy under scrutiny As is well known, as Governor Christopher Drexler, previously Health Provincial Councilor for the ÖVP, played a key role in driving this mission forward, the rumor quickly spread that the press conference was turned off “from the very top”. . “Not true,” said those responsible. That, according to which the current Health Minister Juliana Bogner-Strauß (ÖVP) pronounced the veto, stubbornly persisted to the end.

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