The Friborg State Council launches its campaign on hospital emergencies –

The Friborg State Council launches its campaign on hospital emergencies –
The Friborg State Council launches its campaign on hospital emergencies –

The Friborg State Council is launching its campaign in view of the votes on hospital emergencies on June 9. He asks the people to support the counter-project to the H24 initiative and the decree concerning aid of 175 million for the Friborg Hospital (HFR).

The presentation was held on Tuesday with the health delegation of the Council of State, namely Philippe Demierre (health), Didier Castella (institutions) and Jean-François Steiert (infrastructure), the latter being a member of the board of directors of the ‘HFR. The counter-project is the result of joint work with the Grand Council.

“The text proposes a hospitable response to the initiative,” noted Philippe Demierre. It offers a global vision and support anywhere in the canton, “fast, safe and quality”. The idea of ​​a network is highlighted between the hospital and partners, namely family doctors and ambulance drivers.

A “dangerous” and costly initiative

The initiative “For local 24/7 public emergencies” ignores the current context, insisted Didier Castella, particularly the financial challenges. “It endangers the population”, not to mention that it costs much more to bring to fruition than the counter-project, estimated at 7.2 million francs annually.

The initiative would constitute a “health disaster for the Friborg health system”, warned Professor Vincent Ribordy, head doctor of HFR emergencies. The text, which collected nearly 10,500 valid signatures, would involve the establishment of significant decentralized resources all year round.

Indeed, the creation of a hospital emergency service requires the presence of a complete technical platform as well as hospital internal medicine and surgery departments staffed by specialists 24 hours a day. The first includes intensive care, an operating room, a laboratory and radiology.

A shortage of staff

In addition, the initiative comes at a time when there is a shortage of healthcare personnel and the population is aging. But for the initiators, recruiting healthcare personnel is a question of political will. “Emergencies are not done in a day. If the initiative is accepted, it will take several years to recreate a service and have the staff. There are indeed difficulties in hiring throughout Switzerland, but other hospitals are more small” are getting there, estimates Daniel Savary, vice-president of the initiative committee, Wednesday in La Matinale de la RTS.

The adoption of the text would also require an investment of 34 million francs and an operating cost of 13 million per year, according to the government. Amounts that the initiators describe as overrated.

The seven measures of the counter-project target the management of vital and non-vital emergencies, by “significantly” improving the responses given to patients. They include a strengthening of community medicine with a network of health centers, clinics and daycare centers spread across the cantonal territory.

A single health number and mobile nursing teams will complete the system for the management of non-vital emergencies, indicated Philippe Demierre. Experienced paramedics with a light vehicle are provided in outlying regions, in order to save “precious” time.

Broad support for the counter-project

At the same time, a change in the billing system will allow for equity between people living on the outskirts and those living near the hospital, all at the expense of the canton. In addition to virtually all political parties, the counter-project is supported by associations of health professionals.

The initiative calls for modifying the cantonal Constitution to create emergency services in the south of the canton and in the German-speaking part. Both the Council of State and the deputies consider it “inapplicable”, the Grand Council having voted for the counter-project on February 7 by 96 votes without opposition and 3 abstentions.

>> Reread: The initiative on hospital emergencies shunned by the Grand Council of Friborg

Ministers again called for support for the decree submitted simultaneously on June 9. The latter concerns a guarantee of 105 million in favor of 2024-2026 investments at the HFR and an interest-free loan of 70 million to finance study costs for the construction of a new main hospital.

>> Read also: Friborg deputies vote 175 million francs for the HFR

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