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90 jobs axed at 'Hëllef Doheem'
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90 jobs axed at 'Hëllef Doheem'

29.05.2015 From our online archive
Outpatient care service “Stëftung Hëllef Doheen” on Friday announced that it would cut 90 jobs under a social plan, after government savings measures in the health care sector forced budget cuts.

(CS) Outpatient care service “Stëftung Hëllef Doheen” on Friday announced that it would cut 90 jobs under a social plan, after government savings measures in the health care sector forced budget cuts.

In a statement published Friday, the organisation said that government savings measures had led to funding deficits in the care sector. Despite efforts to make savings at “Hëllef Doheem”, the service said structural changes could not be avoided.

The day care centres in Wiltz and Echternach will be closed, with all homes now closed on Sundays. The centres provide group activities and care during the day for people aged 65 and over. 

Additionally, the so-called “dispensaires” in Dudelange and Bascharage will close. At these centres, patients are able to have blood taken, shots administered or blood pressure measured, among other medical services.

Cleaning staff will be let go, as well as central administration employees and staff running special activities. In total, some 90 jobs will be cut at "Hëllef Doheem" under a social plan.

Director general of the foundation Benoît Holzem commented: “We sincerely regret this unavoidable step,” adding that it is the organisation's goal, “with all available means”, to avoid the quality of services to be impacted by the cuts. “This has something to do with our social mission and our values, for which we stand as a foundation,” he concluded.