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More expensive water damage in the Unispital

a world novelty. Full of Pride, the University hospital of Zurich announced in March of 2017, the clinic for nuclear medicine have taken the two "world's first PET/CT devices of the latest Generation digital detector technology" in operation. Thanks to these high-tech Scanners with the name "Discovery" could improve the diagnosis of cancer, heart and brain diseases, and the radiation exposure to patients will be reduced, wrote the Unispital. Annually performed over 5,000 PET/CT studies.

But just four months later, was followed by the disillusionment: One of the prestige device was damaged irreparably. Reason: On 24. July 2017 it was in construction work in the clinic for nuclear medicine, to a water break-in, in consequence of the new, highly sensitive computed tomography is not longer used. Because a repair is failed attempt by the manufacturer, General Electric, and because the University hospital wanted to avoid further Yield losses, it replaced the defective device in October 2017, and paid General Electric for 2.1 million Swiss francs.

It happened at a routine

According to hospital spokeswoman Martina Pletscher was to leave the construction site in the area of a wall hydrant water, which is also underlying areas of the clinic for nuclear medicine reached, where the expensive device. The construction work took place, according to Pletscher in the context of a conventional structural adjustments. "Such a smaller tag are often work, for example, if rooms are re-purposed."

The incident had conditions no direct connection with the condition of the building fabric or the limited space at the University hospital, the urges for a long time on a Expansion. The damage to the diagnostic device have also had no negative consequences for patients: "Until the replacement was installed, could studies with the other existing devices managed."

A case of state liability

For the cost, not the construction company that the work was done, but the Canton of Zurich, respectively, the taxpayer must. At least for now, because it has not yet been clarified conclusively, anyone who has to take responsibility for the damage. This is from a current member of the cantonal government decision. "Recourse claims of the Canton to the potentially interested third parties remain reserved", it means there is a lot of ambiguity. Roger Keller, a spokesman of the Finance Director Ernst Stocker (SVP), says: "clarifications on the question of the recourse and the liability of the incident, the parties Involved are on the Run." For more information, he could not currently make.

The University hospital has passed the bill over 2.1 million Swiss francs to the financial Directorate, and the Executive Council has approved the relevant amount for the purposes of state liability. Justification: The Work took place in the order of the high office, and the University hospital is involved in the insurance concept of the Canton.

a self-retention of the hospital of 200'000 Swiss francs. This must, therefore, liable for damages even if they are below this amount. The damage is in excess of, the threshold of 200'000 Swiss francs, is he in full, from the first franc, by the cantonal compensation paid.

"An unusual case"

"Because of its Size, shall be borne by the Canton of a large portion of its risks for yourself, because this is for the tax payer", summarizes the financial management spokesman Keller the insurance concept of the Canton. Policies were Essentially only where this is required by law or due to the treatment expenses in the case of claims for Canton to elaborate.

According to the basement is an unusual case of state liability, in terms of the amount of the damage sum. "Cases with a similar extent of damage are very rare." An example of another known case of 2014, the NZZ published the accident the police of the Canton with an expensive armored vehicle at the airport. (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 17.01.2019, 13:01 p.m.

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