Doctors blast new super-hospitals

October 3rd, 2014

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Patients will be lying in the hallways, they argue

The six new super-hospitals that are currently being built around the country have come under heavy fire from the doctors who will be working there in the future.

Several project managers at the sites have voiced concerns over budget constrictions, including the one in Gødstrup which looks set to lose a whole storey in order to balance the books.

"We can confidently say the super-hospitals won't be as good as we had hoped," Anja Mitchell, the chairman of the Danish Senior Hospital Doctors' Association, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

"I am convinced some patients will be lying in the hallways."

READ MORE: Super-hospital cuts storey due to funding issues

More to build in 2020
Mitchell's evaluation hinges on the fact that several of the hospitals will be smaller that expected, and that prognoses indicate there will be 30 percent more cancer patients in ten years time.

Frank Skriver Mikkelsen, the project manager one of the largest hospitals being built, which is on the outskirts of Aarhus, argued that the hospital will be large enough when it opens in 2019, but that it doesn't take into account the anticipated increase in patients.

"If the tendency continues for increased specialisation and centralisation, more cancer patients and more demographic changes – and everything suggest it will – then more construction will be needed when we hit the 2020s."


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