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Prime Minister: Patient care always comes first

Prime Minister Robert Golob today attended the opening ceremony of the new intensive care units at Jesenice General Hospital.

On the sidelines of the event, the Prime Minister stressed that the situation in the healthcare system is challenging, but today's inauguration shows that the Government is working to improve things. “We understand the hardship of the staff. However, we are convinced that patient care always comes first," the Prime Minister stressed and called on Fides to freeze the strike for the duration of the negotiations in order to prevent people's hardships from increasing. He added that the healthcare system is based on effective teamwork in hospitals, wherefore a long-term solution for the healthcare system could only be found when nursing staff and nurses are also included in the agreements. "Negotiations are ongoing and a long-term solution can only and exclusively be found through pillar negotiations," the Prime Minister stressed, adding that he would like to see doctors and Fides join the negotiations as well, because this way we will reach a solution faster.

In the light of the additional improvement of patient care, the opening of new intensive care units is an important achievement both for the Gorenjska region and Slovenia as a whole. The project was completed within the planned timeframe and financial framework, and is an example of good practice of joint cooperation of all project stakeholders – the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia as the investor, Jesenice General Hospital as the beneficiary and all those who participated in the construction in one way or another.