Aalst does not want to receive more Brussels corona patients: “There are limits to medical solidarity”

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In the General Municipal Hospital (ASZ) and the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Hospital in Aalst (OLV), a lot of corona patients have been added in recent days and not all of them come from the region. Many new patients come from Brussels hospitals, with which the Aalst hospitals form a network. In Brussels they can no longer cope with the influx of new corona patients who need care. This concerns both people with mild symptoms who need to be ventilated and patients who are worse off and need intensive care. The mayor of Aalst, Christoph D’Haese now believes that those transfers should stop.

“It goes without saying that people need to be helped,” says D’Haese. “Not to do so would be guilty neglect.” But he does not want the care of the people of the area to be compromised. “There are limits to medical solidarity and I believe that that limit has now been reached. I reasonably assume that the basic principle should be that an Aalst patient should be able to go to an Aalster hospital, that is also the most medically responsible, I think. . ” Consultations will therefore be held to better arrange patient distribution and possibly also to keep beds free for residents of Aalst.





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