The children's clinic of the DRK hospital in Lichtenstein is supposed to close for cost reasons.

The children’s clinic of the DRK hospital is to close in Lichtenstein. Citizens and doctors fear for the entire hospital site.

Lichtenstein – The children’s clinic of the DRK hospital Lichtenstein should close. Citizens and doctors protest. They fear for the entire hospital site.

The children’s clinic of the DRK hospital in Lichtenstein is supposed to close for cost reasons. © Ralph Kunz

The management of the DRK hospital justifies the plans with falling bed occupancy: “The number of cases has been falling since 2018.”

In addition, there are “difficulties in acquiring qualified personnel,” it says in a press release.

In fact, 14 positions for doctors and assistant doctors are currently advertised at the Lichtenstein site alone. The hospital management will in future only operate one day clinic in Lichtenstein, which will be manned from 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The pediatrician Sigrid Perschke (74), who is based in Wildenfels, is appalled: “The children’s clinic is doing an excellent job. In the future, do you want to move sick children who are badly about 40 kilometers to Rabenstein in the evening? What is that supposed to mean?”

The doctor asked in a Online-Petition Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (46, CDU) personally asked for help and found more than 20,000 supporters in just a few days. “The closure of the children’s clinic will also have negative effects on the maternity ward in Lichtenstein,” fears Sigrid Perschke.

Alexander Illing (44), head of the citizens’ association “Werkstatt Zukunft Lichtenstein”, also fears for the entire hospital location: “The hospital staff has turned to us with a worried letter. Once the ball gets rolling, you can Imagine that medical care will deteriorate in the entire region. We will not stand idly by. ”

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