In the view of the Icelandic Doctors’ Association, the merging of the Reykjavík City Hospital and the National Hospital a few years ago was a mistake, as the National University Hospital, as it is now called, holds a monopoly on hospital services in the Reykjavík area. This is the main cause of the hospital’s administrative problems and its severe financial difficulties, which have recently been in the spotlight. This is among the conclusions reached at the Doctors’ Association’s Annual General Meeting this weekend, RÚV online reports.
The Association criticizes what it calls the ‘policy of silence’ of the hospital’s administration. In its view, the hospital’s executive management runs it as a private corporation that can be managed according to its own whims, and its administrative problems are first and foremost caused by the hospital’s monopoly. Hospital staff is afraid of voicing criticisms for fear of dismissal, particularly as options for other work are minimal. The National University Hospital is the only hospital in the Greater Reykjavík Area.