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Giessen/Marburg. In the negotiations for the further development of the privatized University Hospital of Gießen and Marburg (UKGM), the state of Hesse is building an agreement by the end of the year. At that point, a solution should be sought, as there is “significant discontent” among employees and on the scientific side, the Wiesbaden science ministry announced. The UKGM operator, Rhön-Klinikum AG, announced on Sunday that talks with the state had resumed. Negotiations “with the aim of reaching an agreement” will continue in the coming days. The country’s main negotiators are Science Minister Angela Dorn (Greens) and Finance Minister Michael Boddenberg (CDU).
The state and majority owner Rhön-Klinikum AG, which belongs to the Asklepios Group, have been fighting for months over the issue of further development and financial resources of the UKGM. This is by the way for state investment grants and the waiver of layoffs. The background to the talks is that Rhön had terminated a previous so-called future deal for the UKGM in June. At the end of the year, the regulations and agreements between the State and the Group envisaged therein expire. There is still no agreement on the affiliation agreement.

Last week, clinic employees stopped work again amid warning strikes to underscore their demand for safe working conditions. They fear that without a new deal there could be layoffs or parts of the business being outsourced. The directors of the clinics are also concerned: numerous investment measures are still suspended, they write in a statement. Together with the canceled contract for the future and the consequent lack of funding to a relevant level, “an absolutely threatening situation” arises for the hospital. (dpa)

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