The decision of the hospital planning committee at the beginning of june is only a matter of form. Because the decision of science minister wolfgang heubisch (FDP) and health minister marcel huber (CSU) has been made: as of now, no more livers will be transplanted in erlangen. Insiders had long feared that political consequences would be drawn after the manipulation of liver transplants became known, and that these consequences would now also directly affect erlangen.
How did it come to the decision? Professor ferdinand muhlbacher had been commissioned by the state government to examine all 896 liver transplants performed in bavaria since 2007. Apart from the three already known manipulations at the clinical center rechts der isar in munich, no further violations of the rules had become known. That means: clean work was done in erlangen. Which is why it is difficult to understand why the erlangen liver transplantation center is to be closed down in addition to the munich hospital on the right bank of the river isar, which has been proven to have been manipulated.
Muhlbacher himself explains it like this: "structurally, three liver transplant centers in bavaria are sufficient, both in terms of the total number of 160 liver transplants in bavaria per year and in terms of the flat population of patients. It doesn't make sense to compete for patient numbers; it's the quality of the results that counts first and foremost."