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Imminent Collapse in Iceland’s Healthcare System

The medical director for the Primary Healthcare of the Capital Area is deeply concerned with a growing problem in Icelandic clinics; the number of postgraduates expceted to return from specialist training abroad has declined after recent cutbacks in the healthcare system.


An overview of Landspítali in Reykjavík. Photo by DOM

“We might lose a generation of physicians,” Lúdvík Gunnarsson told

Gunnarsson told Morgunbladid the situation in healthcare clinics around the country is poor and specialist positions are understaffed.

He continued to say that “an imminent collapse of the healthcare system is impending and it cannot survive further cuts.”

Both physicians and administration are under criticism.

Gunnarsson concluded to say that “part of the problem lies with the administration and their lack of experience and knowledge when it comes to making important decisions.”

Gunnarsson has been asked to meet with representives of the Ministry of Welfare to explain his position further; Gudbjartur Hannesson, the Minister of Welfare, will not be present as he is currently on holiday, Morgunbladid reports.

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