Status: 28/09/2023, 16:05 p.m.
"No insolvency," chanted the hospital staff before the district council meeting. © Schorer
Region - The district council dealt with the future of the hospital GmbH and the hospitals in Weilheim and Schongau: The committee decided to avoid insolvency proceedings.
This word "insolvency" was often used in the approximately five-and-a-half hours in the Hohenpeißenberg House of Associations. This was the subject of repeated speeches by the district councillors, some of whom showed flirtation or at least consideration. The invited experts agreed: "Avoid insolvency proceedings," recommended Dr. Mark Boddenberg. "Your case is completely unsuitable for this," said the specialist lawyer for insolvency and restructuring law at the law firm Eckert from Hanover, referring to costs, friction and control losses as well as dissolution.
If the workforce is lost, "everything no longer makes sense". Boddenberg described a protective shield procedure as "brutal, fast and efficient" – moreover, one or the other market participant is probably just waiting to grab some of the pie.
Criticism of the district
It is quite clear that something has to happen, but his colleague Dorit Aurich agreed. Otherwise, an insolvency scenario would be an inevitable reality in a few months. "If you don't decide today, the GmbH will have to file for insolvency."
The situation is difficult for hospitals throughout Upper Bavaria, reported Paul Auer, head of department at the government of Upper Bavaria. In the district of Weilheim-Schongau, however, it is particularly dramatic, because there has been a considerable structural problem here for some time. "We have been raising our fingers in admonition for many years."
The overall situation is deteriorating noticeably, summarized District Administrator Andrea Jochner-Weiß (CSU). "Today we need a clear decision for our hospital and a commitment to financing for the next twelve to 24 months." In the end, the proposed resolution had to be tinkered with and supplemented, but in the end 41 to 13 of the councillors agreed.
Board approves operating subsidies
The committee decided to avoid the initiation of insolvency proceedings for Krankenhaus GmbH. In addition, it decided to continue clinical care in the district through Krankenhaus GmbH as a subsidiary of the district and to take over the operating cost subsidies necessary after a restructuring.
"Red alert": Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and District Administrator Andrea Jochner-Weiß (CSU) and Krankenhaus GmbH Managing Director Thomas Lippmann (right) protested in Berlin with Gerald Gaß (center), Chairman of the Board of the German Hospital Association – to draw attention to the poor economic situation of German hospitals. © District Office
For this purpose, 2024 million euros and an investment cost subsidy of 12 million euros as well as financial resources for the transformation process are to be included in the 3 district budget. According to the current status, the latter is 11 to 12 million euros – mainly for the social plan, because the workforce will be shrunk according to variant 5 (Rundschau reported). The fact that this social plan is financed by loans, she would support, the government of Upper Bavaria had already examined. In addition, according to Auer, it would provide an additional 1.5 million euros.
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Extra resolutions are needed
Beyond 2024, in the financial plan 2025 to 2027, the operating cost subsidies required according to the respective status of the restructuring are to be planned, the district council decided. For 2025, this amounts to another 12 million euros. From 2026 onwards, the specific amounts – the current status is an operating subsidy of 6 million euros for Weilheim and 2 million euros for Schongau – are to be decided in each case with separate resolutions.
The 45 million euros invested at both locations in order to develop Weilheim into a specialist supplier and Schongau into an outpatient clinic in accordance with variant 5 must be dealt with again separately. A shareholder loan of €2.5 million, which would have matured at the end of 2024, was extended until the end of 2027 and increased by €2.6 million.
With this, the cow is temporarily off the ice. How thin this has become was made clear by Thomas Lippmann, Managing Director of Krankenhaus GmbH. In the audit of the annual financial statements for the 2022 financial year, the auditing firm did not issue an attestation because it lacked the secure going concern forecast without the commitment of the district council. After a period of consideration shortened to four months due to Corona, the financing of companies must now be secured again for at least twelve months. "We didn't have that view," says Lippmann. Liquidity is now also secured again.
Concerns from Penzberg are expressed
However, the fact that variant 5 cannot be financed in the long run was feared by Penzberg district councillors Armin Jabs (BfL) and Kerstin Engel (Greens). Jabs sees the Weilheimer Haus as a focal point supplier as oversized in view of the given possibilities. Engel once again thought he was insufficiently informed: "We have to keep turning new loops because we can only make half-baked decisions here."
One becomes a wobbly dachshund, agreed Elke Zehetner (SPD, Penzberg), the hospital is a bottomless pit. The Penzberg corner of the district is actually well supplied – and yet it is part of it. The price is high. "If we are committed to health, there is a shift in the shaft somewhere else."