The Vienna General Hospital will in future be run as an independent federal hospital. But not only this: it is to be a university center of excellence in which routine care is only in exceptional cases. “Maximum vision of the future,” says Johannes Kästner, AKH Works Council and Chamber official. Because in addition to state-of-the-art medicine, a third of services will be lost from basic care.
In plain language, this means that for the Viennese to be able to continue providing care, capacities in other community hospitals will have to be expanded. Unreal given the current situation. That is above all what the Chamber of Physicians wants to achieve with this idea – to pressure the city to ensure better working conditions and more staff. “The AKH’s operating theaters and intensive care units are currently operating with a 25 to 40 percent performance restriction,” chamber official Frederick Tomboll was quoted as saying in the “Courier.”