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Government Confirms Easing of Healthcare Cuts

gudbjarturhannesson_althingiThe government agreed on Friday to decrease the planned cutbacks to healthcare from ISK 3 billion (USD 26 million, EUR 20 million), as originally planned according to the 2011 budget bill, to ISK 1.3 billion (USD 11 million, EUR 8 million). The plans had been loudly protested.

Minister of Health Gudbjartur Hannesson told RÚV that the changed plans should be considered as a correction and not a case of politics from outside the capital region having trumped professionally conducted proposals, Fréttabladid reports.

The minister explained that certain ideas had been presented in the beginning but he had come to the conclusion that the cutbacks had been too steep. He had been of that opinion before a wave of protests took place because of the planned cutbacks, he stated.

The minister was handed petitions with tens of thousands of signatures from citizens around Iceland who opposed the original cutback plans.

In an interview with mbl.is, Hannesson said cutbacks at single institutions will never exceed 12 percent. According to the budget bill, cutbacks of up to 40 percent had been planned.

Click here to read more about the planned healthcare cuts and protests.

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