Doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association, including general practitioners, began a strike at midnight last night. At the healthcare center in the suburb of Efra-Breiðholt, where there are usually eight doctors, there will only be one doctor working today and tomorrow and they will only tend to emergency cases, mbl.is reports.
Doctors at the Women’s Ward, Children’s Ward and Research Division at Landspítali National University Hospital, as well as doctors in the capital area, West Iceland, West Fjords, North Iceland, East Iceland, South Iceland and Southeast Iceland have gone on strike.
Healthcare centers in Reykjavík, including in Breiðholt, and the town of Hafnarfjörður have had to cancel patients’ appointments.
While doctors in the capital area were among the first to go on strike, the afterhours service at Smáratorg, Kópavogur, is open as usual from 5 pm.
This is the first time that doctors in Iceland go on strike to get their salaries corrected.
Here is the strike schedule in English.