Major Rīga hospital to lower room temperatures to save resources

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The Riga East Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS) plans to reduce air temperature on the premises for energy saving, head of RAKUS Imants Paeglītis told Latvian Television on September 26.

“Of course, it will not be so drastically that the patient is cold, but we will have to do so by three or four degrees,” said Paeglītis.

He said that regardless, the hospital could not cover the large increase in costs by taking various economic measures. Support from the State is therefore still expected. There have been negotiations with the National Health Service, but there is no solution yet.

According to Paeglītis, this year, the hospital will have additional costs of EUR 4 million, but the impact could be even higher at around EUR 6 million next year.

“One day in December so far cost less than €13,000, but with the new tariffs it would be €60,000 a day, which is more than five times of an increase,” said the RAKUS head.

To cover the costs, several projects would have to be stalled, such as the accreditation of the Cancer Center.

According to the hospital manager, everything that would deteriorate patients' treatment process would be affected last.


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