Asklepios Kliniken



Asklepios Kliniken is a major hospital operator in Germany. Founded by billionaire Bernard Broermann in 1984 to capitalize on the privatization of government healthcare facilities, Akslepios recently expanded into the luxury hotel sector with the purchase of three Kempinski hotels. It has been the subject of multiple investigations for failing to provide services that it promised when it bought up hospitals at below market value. For example, at the end of 2019, Asklepios closed a children’s ward in the small town of Parchim in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, obliging residents to travel 50 kilometers to get to the nearest medical facility. Goslar district in Lower Saxony sued Asklepios Kliniken for €20 million in 2019 for failing to guarantee inpatient and emergency care at the Clausthal-Zellerfeld hospital.


Private hospitals, luxury hotels


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VERDI strike at Asklepios Lindenlohe December 2019
Warning strike at Asklepios Kliniken in Hamburg


CorpWatch Stories
Asklepios Kliniken Under Fire for Staffing Shortages and Hospital Closures

Victoria Westphalen | CorpWatch | August 11, 2021

In mid-December 2020, Romana Knezevic, a nurse at the AK St. Georg hospital in Hamburg, Germany, gave an interview to Hamburg Journal on NDR television, over working conditions at the hospital. “The patients sometimes lie in their protective pants for hours,” she said. “Patients die alone in their rooms.”

Asklepios Kliniken unter Beschuss für Personalengpässe und Krankenhausschließung

Victoria Westphalen | CorpWatch | August 11, 2021

Mitte Dezember 2020 gab Romana Knezevic, Krankenschwester am AK St. Georg in Hamburg, dem Hamburg Journal im NDR-Fernsehen ein Interview über die Arbeitsbedingungen im Krankenhaus. "Die Patienten liegen manchmal stundenlang in ihren Schutzhosen", sagte sie. "Patienten sterben allein in ihren Zimmern."


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Asklepios dismisses nurse. Nationwide solidarity actions begin

Steve Hollasky | Junge Welt | January 26, 2021

The reason for her dismissal was an interview with Knezevic on Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), for which she had reported on the effects of the staff shortage in her clinic. She alleged that the enormous cuts had led to a lack of cleaning and nursing staff...

Reckless profit maximization instead of the best possible patient care

Ver.di | December 2020

For more than a year we, the employees of the Asklepios Clinic in Seesen, Lower Saxony, who are members of ver.di, have been fighting for the future of our clinic and adequate pay.

Rally against takeover of the university clinic in Giessen

Diana Moor | Mittel Hessen | July 16, 2020

About 150 people gathered on Saturday after a call by the action alliance "Together for our clinic" to show their solidarity with the employees at the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg (UKGM). The motto: "Health instead of profits".

Protest against "catastrophic conditions" in clinics

Hamburger Abendblatt | February 2, 2020

In order to show their protest in the city, around 500 supporters of the initiative - according to the police - marched with banners and whistles from the Asklepios Klinik St. Georg via Mönckebergstrasse to the town hall on Wednesday.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Legal action against Asklepios Klinik Melsungen

KMA Online | February 24, 2021

According to reports from the regional media hna and nh24, the Schwalm-Eder district wants to file a lawsuit against Asklepios. The clinic operator is accused of not fulfilling its supply mandate in Melsungen.

Serious allegations against Asklepios Group

Markus Pohl, Ursel Sieber and Lisa Wandt | Tagesschau | July 20, 2020

At the end of last year, the clinic group Asklepios closed a children's ward in the small town of Parchim. Supposedly due to a shortage of doctors. But Asklepios was probably lying, as research by the ARD magazine has found.

Goslar district files lawsuit against Asklepios

Aerzteblatt | April 29, 2019

The district accuses Asklepios of violating the obligations under the privatization contract of the Clausthal-Zellerfeld hospital. Therefore, inpatient and emergency care are no longer guaranteed there. The lawsuit involves a contractual penalty of up to 20 million euros.

Asklepios Group: Doctors warn of risks due to staff shortages

Kristina Gnirke | Spiegel | November 24, 2018

Bottlenecks in the emergency room, young professionals left to their own devices: At the hospital group Asklepios, internists sound the alarm in fire letters. Safe patient care is "no longer possible without restrictions".

Investigation: Asklepios-Kliniken: The sick company

Kristina Gnirke, Isabell Hülsen and Martin U. Müller | Spiegel | December 21, 2016

The hospital group Asklepios has the reputation of a merciless profit driver that makes profits at the expense of doctors, nurses and patients. Pressure and fear reign at many stations. Insights into a miserable system.

Employment Practices
& Relations
Asklepios-Kliniken: Image maintenance instead of dismissal

Hanna Grabbe | Zeit | February 8, 2021

The hospital group Asklepios does not want to fire the nurse, who publicly criticized the working conditions. That's reasonable, but it doesn't solve problems.

Hamburg hospital staff complains of enormous stress

Süddeutsche | December 16, 2020

Employees from private, non-profit and church hospitals in Hamburg have drawn attention to their enormous workload in the corona pandemic. "The colleagues are at the absolute limit," said an employee of the Asklepios Klinik St. Georg on Wednesday.

"Endless work" - Asklepios employees report

Hessenschau | July 7, 2020

Even before the new owner arrived, the employees of the Gießen and Marburg University Hospital demonstrated. Because Asklepios has a dubious reputation as an employer. But what are the real problems? Employees at Hessian Asklepios clinics explain.

Staff shortages in clinics for vulnerable patients

Dörte Petsch and Brid Roesner | NDR | January 27, 2015

The conditions in the emergency room at the Asklepios Clinic in Hamburg-Altona make you sit up and take notice: emergency room employees have been complaining about staff shortages and overwork for a long time.

Investigations against Asklepios Kliniken Seesen due to suspected fraud

KMA Online | December 2, 2021

The Asklepios Kliniken Schildautal Seesen is being investigated on suspicion of fraud in COVID-19 aid. The background to this may be wrongly received payments for intensive care beds, as a spokesman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor said on Friday.

Filipino nurses will come to Germany

Welt | March 20, 2020

Nurses from the Philippines will help Germany to care for Covid-19 patients. According to the Hessian Hospital Society, a "recruitment flight" for intensive care staff is planned.


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Asklepios Kliniken: Asklepios successfully acquires RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG

PharmiWeb | July 9, 2020

Asklepios acquires 28,464,866 RHÖN shares as part of the voluntary public takeover offer. Together with the RHÖN founder, this gives Asklepios 92.58% of the voting rights. Kai Hankeln, CEO of the Asklepios Group: "Based on our strong, joint position, we will now break new ground for advanced medical care in Germany as partners".


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