Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Staffing cuts warded off at San Raffaele hospital in Milan


ANSA - Milan, May 10 - An agreement was signed at dawn on
Friday that will save Milan’s troubled San Raffaele hospital
from staffing cuts.
The Lombardy regional government and the Lombardy
prefecture worked out a plan that prevents 180 layoffs slated,
reintegrates an additional 64 staffers already notified of
redundancy, and protects jobs through 2014.
San Raffaele is a major research and training hospital with
a total of 1350 beds and a staff of 3400.
After becoming embroiled in scandal that exposed the
hospital’s rickety finances, San Raffaele was bought by the San
Donato hospital group in January 2012 for 405 million euros.
Roughly 1000 staffers protested job cuts in an April
demonstration, while Lombardy faced a general strike in May at
public and private health facilities throughout the region
called by health workers’ unions.
Financial scandal involving San Raffaele has also dogged
ex-governor of Lombardy Roberto Formigoni and contributed to the
fall of his government last fall.
Milan prosecutors petitioned to bring Formigoni to trial on
Wednesday for receiving millions of euros worth of luxuries and
benefits from Pierangelo Dacco', an ex-healthcare lobbyist who
facilitated regional contracts and concessions for San Raffaele
and the Pavia-based Maugeri healthcare foundation.
Dacco’ was sentenced to 10 years in prison last year for
embezzling money through the San Raffaele hospital.
According to the court, Dacco' helped create the so-called
"San Raffaele system", whereby entrepreneurs who worked under
contract for the hospital would intentionally overbill clients
and give the difference to Dacco' who used the money for slush
Formigoni has vigorously denied wrongdoing.

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