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Iceland’s National Hospital Delays New Shift Arrangement

The directors of the National Hospital of Iceland announced yesterday that they would postpone changes to the shift arrangement for roentgen technicians, surgical and anesthesia nurses to October 1 from May 1 to prevent mass resignations.

The postponement is supposed to give employees longer time to incorporate their views into the new shift arrangement, Morgunbladid reports.

The Association of Icelandic Nurses had challenged the hospital’s directors to consult with the employees while making changes to their shifts and chairman of the association, Elsa B. Fridfinnsdóttir, said she was pleased that the directors had accepted their challenge.

Roentgen technician Kristín Thórmundsdóttir said she and her colleagues have not had time to discuss the postponement of the new shift arrangement yet. She cast doubt on whether this additional time would bring harmony to the situation since the hospital’s directors had not been successful in solving the problem for the past three months.

Roentgen technicians and surgical nurses say the changed work arrangement will lower their income and had thus planned to resign on May 1. The directors of the hospital are hoping they will now cancel their plans, but nothing has been decided yet.

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