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Prime Minister Golob: We will provide adequate working conditions for staff and even better care for patients.

Prime Minister Robert Golob attended the ceremony marking the opening of the newly renovated and energy-efficient nursing hospital at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UMCL) and toured the renovated premises. In his address, Prime Minister Golob emphasised the Government's commitment to making healthcare a priority

"We will open renovated hospitals, we will work to build new ones, we will procure helicopters, and we will amend the rules to ensure fairer service provision. We will improve working conditions to better serve both staff and patients. And we will do this every day," the Prime Minister said.

He emphasised the importance of the renovation, which will bring the hospital's facilities up to the standards required for nursing wards. The upgrade will also improve energy efficiency, making the hospital more environmentally friendly and reducing operating costs. The €11 million investment, co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union through EU structural and investment funds as part of the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has significantly increased the hospital's capacity. The renovated facility now offers 93 nursing beds, a substantial increase from the previous 33.

For the next year and a half, the UMCL Infectious Diseases Department will operate in the upgraded building. After this period, the facility will transition into a nursing hospital for patients requiring extended non-acute care from the UMCL wards. The Prime Minister thanked everyone involved in the modernisation project and looked ahead to future projects. "This inauguration paves the way for the renovation of the Infectious Diseases Department, an extremely important project that remains a priority and will be completed within the timeframe we have set. I am confident that, together with the contractors, we will roll up our sleeves and look forward to reopening in two years' time," he said.

The Prime Minister also praised proposals to refurbish other older health facilities. "I would like to thank the UMCL management for their ideas on how we can renovate some of the other older facilities, such as the Peter Držaj Hospital. I would like to see this renovation take place as soon as possible," concluded Prime Minister Robert Golob.