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285 Resign from Iceland’s National Hospital

In total, 285 people have left their positions at Landspítalinn National University Hospital since Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, imposed a law banning the strikes of BHM member unions and the Icelandic Federation of Nurses (FÍH) on June 13, RÚV reports.

The resignations are effective as of October 1, and although new wage agreements were signed on June 23, no resignations have yet been rescinded.

In order for the new agreement to be finalized, however, it must be voted on by FÍH members, and the results of the election are expected to be released by June 15.

Out of the total number of resignees, 24 are radiographers, a further 24 lab technicians and two are midwifes.

The rest, or 235, are nurse practitioners. 81 have resigned from the Department of Perioperative Services; 49 from the Department of Internal Medical Services; 45 from the Department of Surgical Services; 24 from the Departments of the ER, Geriatrics and Rehabilitation; 22 from the Department of Women and Children’s Services; and 14 from Mental Health Services.

Prior to this wave of resignations, about 100 nursing positions at Landspítalinn were already vacant.

“It is clearly very serious that such a large group of people has resigned. Especially when on top of that several departments were already chronically understaffed, and we have been trying to attract people to the industry. This is not good news,” said Páll Matthíasson chief director at Landspítalinn to Vísir.

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