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Lack of Staff at Iceland’s National Hospital

By Iceland Review

Tómas Guðbjartsson, professor and chief physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, contradicts Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, who recently stated in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós that there have been no layoffs at the hospital since 2009. Tómas told ruv.is that around 200 of the hospital’s staff members have been laid off since 2010.

According to Tómas, in order to continue the operations of the hospital as they are, ISK 2 billion (USD 16.5 million, EUR 13 million) is needed but that the current budget only allows for ISK 120 million.

Tómas added that while more staff are desperately needed it is not possible to recruit people when the state of the hospital’s human resources, housing and equipment are in such a bad condition and that people cannot be hired when the salaries are so low.

“We are advertising for young specialists in the hospital’s wards but no one is applying. This obviously needs to be resolved. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that our main concern now is to provide money for the everyday core operations of the hospital next year and if we don’t get this money we will have to cut services,” he said.

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