1960-2000 Tuberculosis is declining

As a pioneer in Finland

In 1965 the Tuberculosis District of Tampere was incorporated into the Tuberculosis District of Central Häme and their offices were merged. During the same year the City of Tampere closed down the operations in the Kauppi Sanatorium, as a consequence of which Pikonlinna was the only remaining tuberculosis sanatorium in the region.

A law in 1967 granted central hospital districts the right to administrate anti-tuberculosis programmes. Any eventual voluntary incorporation of the tuberculosis districts with their corresponding central hospital district was also legally approved.

The number of tuberculosis patients was continually declining and the tuberculosis district expressed its willingness to transfer its responsibilities to the Federation of Municipalities of the Tampere Central Hospital. As the range of medical services grew the Tampere Central Hospital had to increase the number of hospital beds.

The Federation of Municipalities of the Central Häme Tuberculosis ceased to exist on Jan 1st, 1968 and the Federation of Municipalities of the Tampere Central Hospital District took the responsibility for the treatment of tuberculosis.

In the spring of 1968 the name of the Central Häme Sanatorium, which had treated 21,273 patients during the 37 years of its operation, was officially changed to the Pikonlinna Hospital and the staff working at the sanatorium became subordinate to the central hospital. When Pikonlinna became part of the central hospital at the end of the 1960s, the number of the staff exceeded the number of patients with 300 employees.