The city of Affoltern am Albis is Affoltern against the accession of a new joint-stock company for the hospital. Why this change of Opinion?
The environment in the Zurich health care have changed very much lately. Among other things, the minimum figures were increased, what is a small hospital such as Affoltern sets under strong pressure. In the acute hospital red Numbers are written, and according to the forecasts, operating Commission will increase the deficits even further. In addition, very large investments are in the hospital.
An exit the location of city of Affoltern am Albis, would the closure of the hospital. What this means for the population in the Säuliamt?
If the hospital has to close, we need in Affoltern a new base of supply for the area of acute care. We are thinking here of a Permanence and a rescue service in the city centre of Affoltern. Surgery and other major interventions would have to be done in the surrounding hospitals.
What is your decision for the 700 employees at the hospital Affoltern?
It would come to layoffs, the city Council very much regrets. We are confident, however, that the employee, due to the lack of staff in the health area rapidly. Nevertheless, we cannot exclude the possibility that individuals are unemployed, which we deeply regret. We would love to participate but, of course, with other communities in a solidarity Fund in order to avoid cases of hardship.
The city Council also wants to support the further development of the care centre, Sonnenberg. How he comes to this decision?
Due to our Size we would have to eat at the forthcoming investments from all municipalities in the most capital in a single coat. Nevertheless, our opportunities would be limited. A lot more bother us, however, that if you want to introduce in the Sonnenberg assisted Living. This would have the consequence that seniors would move to Affoltern, and the city would have to pay for their care. This would prevent the city Council.
Would deport Affoltern his own care cases to other municipalities?
We have currently 135 people in need of care in Affoltern. Most of them are housed in the city's own home Seewadel. The other in a private nursing home and in the Sonnenberg. We want to be in the future, each patient, resident, and every resident can help to find an ideal solution, whether it is with the Spitex or in the vicinity.
What happens if the population of Affoltern am 19. May not for your acute hospital and nursing centre, Sonnenberg?
We see it as our duty to the population on the risks. Affoltern should nevertheless, for the receipt of hospital and care centre votes, we would have to analyze the situation. Sure, we would have to cut the Budget in other areas. And we will probably have to apply for a quick tax increase.
Affoltern has with 124 per cent, a higher Tax base than the city of Zurich.
Yes, only a few municipalities need to demand more than we are. A tax percentage in Affoltern currently around 200'000 Swiss francs. Alone the interest on the borrowed capital for the proposed new buildings would be in the millions. As you can calculate yourself, what kind of financial burden on our community. (Tages-Anzeiger)
Created: 12.02.2019, 14:56 PM