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More Cutbacks in Healthcare, 85 Positions Lost

The national hospital Landspítali must cut back on its expenses by ISK 630 million (USD 5.4 million, EUR 4 million) next year. It was announced at a meeting with employees today what saving measures must be taken as a result. Eighty-five positions will be made redundant.

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Landspítali is on the left. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

Saving measures include the closure of the St. Jósefsspítali hospital in Hafnarfjördur, the merger of hospice centers and the relocation of the forensic psychiatric hospital Sogn in rural south Iceland to Kleppur, the psychiatric hospital in Reykjavík.

Also, ISK 160 million (USD 1.4 million, EUR 1 million) are to be saved by reorganizing storage facilities and procurement of pharmaceuticals, ruv.is reports.

“The cutbacks are on the one hand general, considering Landspítali as a whole, and on the other hand specific to certain fields or operations. Landspítali estimates that these measures will result in a redundancy of 85 positions at the hospital and natural turnover of labor will be used to as much extent as possible to cope with that development,” a statement from the hospital management reads.

Many of the planned saving measures have been criticized by politicians and local authorities in the regions concerned as operations are being moved from municipalities outside Reykjavík to the capital and jobs are being lost.

Click here to read more about the situation of healthcare in Iceland.

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