Super-hospital cuts storey due to funding issues

Either a patient hotel or a bed ward are the most likely to go

The ‘super-hospital’ currently being built in Gødstrup near Herning in Jutland looks set to lose a whole storey in order to find the 75 million kroner needed to balance the 3.1 billion kroner construction budget.

The absent storey will affect either the patient hotel or a bed ward, Henning Vestergaard, the hospital’s chief executive, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

“When I’ve done all the streamlining that I can and still need money, I need to cut some other functions away,” Vestergaard said. “Funds have been set aside by the politicians, but I could have actually used much more money.”

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Struggling with funding
It’s not the first time that the six super-hospitals being built nationwide have been forced to downsize construction plans. Four out of the six projects are being built without kitchens while patient hotels are not being planned at the hospitals in Aalborg or Odense.

The timeframe for the project has also suffered; the managing contractor recently asked to postpone the completion of the construction by a further nine months from the scheduled opening in August 2017. That request has so far been rejected, however.

The plan for the six new national super-hospitals – located in Aalborg, Gødstrup, Aarhus, Odense, Køge and Hillerød – was unveiled back in 2007.