The Ministry of Social Affairs has sent to a round of approvals support conditions under which altogether nearly €25 million is to be allocated for investments in hospitals’ infrastructure in order to improve preparedness for health care crises.
“We are investing in the modernization of infrastructure of the hospitals in the hospital network development plan to improve the health care system’s capability to react to crises and ensure the functionality of the system both during outbreaks of infection and more broadly,” Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said.
“The purpose of the support is to improve the resilience of hospitals in the hospital network development plan, boost the availability of health care services and ensure the health care system’s preparedness for possible future crises,” he added.
Funds from REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe) will be used for renovations in North Estonia Medical Center, University of Tartu Hospital, Järva County and Hiiumaa hospitals, Kuressaare Hospital and South Estonian Hospital. Of the total budget of the project, around 38 percent will be spent on achieving energy savings.
“In regional hospitals, the plan is to modernize depreciated patient wards to improve patients’ treatment and reception conditions and create modern isolation conditions,” Kiik said.
Investments are also to be made towards improving hospital buildings’ energy efficiency to reduce negative environmental effects, increase longevity and reduce hospitals’ fixed costs.
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