Over the course of three years, the Leeuwarden MCL hospital aims to cut 21 million euros in costs by reducing its nursing departments and hospital beds.
Translation by Traci White
In practical terms, the cost cutting will mean 60 fewer beds and 60 jobs, even though the hospital says that the latter will not result in any lay-offs. MCL has had a hiring freeze in place for nearly a year.
The Leeuwarder Courant reports that the hospital aims to eventually reallocate funds to a new operating room: their current debt levels are preventing the medical facility from moving forward with the plans for the time being.
Omrop Fryslan writes that another prong of the hospital’s cost-cutting strategy is to shorten the length of time patients stay in the hospitals. The goal is to expedite the turnaround between patients being admitted for treatment or surgery and returning home to heal. Streamlining efforts have reportedly already resulted in more operations and shorter wait times.
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