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Robert Schuman Hospital foundation

President, vice-president of hospital foundation step down



The case concerning vaccine queue-jumping has been closed by health minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP), but both Michel Wurth and Jean-Louis Schiltz have now left the foundation.  Photo: Romain Gamba

The case concerning vaccine queue-jumping has been closed by health minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP), but both Michel Wurth and Jean-Louis Schiltz have now left the foundation.  Photo: Romain Gamba

Jean-Louis Schiltz, president of the Robert Schuman Hospitals foundation (HRS), and Michel Wurth, its vice-president, have submitted their resignations, the hospital group announced. Both had been involved in a vaccine queue-jumping scandal in 2021.

In a press release on 5 January, the FHRS announced it will be welcoming four new members in its administrative committee. Describing the newer version of their committee as “more female and younger”, the group announced the inclusion of Dr Annouk Bidorff and jurist and Caritas for youth and family president Marc Hengen. In addition are Françoise Kurth, who is also a jurist by trade, and Hjoerdis Stahl, the Post’s former deputy director.

The leaving members in February 2021 had been criticised when it was revealed that they had cut the queue and received their shot ahead of the actual schedule, making them “Impfdrängler” (vaccine pushers). At the time, administrative committees were not on the list of priorities when it came to covid-19 vaccinations.

Back then, the HRS group denied granting any privileges, explaining that the hospital had identified 3,200 people to vaccinate in order to ensure the continuity of the activities of the structures. According to the HRS, the three board members in question were regularly in the hospitals as part of their duties, which is why they had been among the 3,200 people on the vaccination list.

Schiltz, who had been president of the committee for five years, in the official statement said: “I am proud and grateful for my eleven years with the HRS group. HRS will always be close to my heart.” Wurth was also thankful, and mentioned that “together, we succeeded in becoming the number one hospital in Luxembourg.”

When contacted by Delano, the group did not want to add any comments to the departure of Schiltz and Wurth. Instead, it announced the resignation of the two men by explaining that “change and transformation are a tradition within the HRS group.”