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More than Half of Hospital Equipment Bought with Donations

Around 50 to 60 percent of the medical equipment purchased for Landspítali, the national hospital, is paid for by donations, according to Minister of Welfare Guðbjartur Hannesson.

landspitali-hallgrimskirkja_domLandspítali (foreground). Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

Guðbjartur made the disclosure during a special discussion on the state of the hospital in parliament yesterday. MP for the opposition’s Independence Party Jón Gunnarsson highlighted that it would cost ISK 1 billion (USD 8 million, EUR 6.2 million) to renew the hospital’s equipment, reports.

According to earlier reports, the cost of renewing the equipment is estimated at ISK 2-3 billion (USD 17-25 million, EUR 13-20 million) over the next two years.

Chairman of the Budget Committee Björn Valur Gíslason said that budget allocations for the purchase of equipment for the hospital have dropped significantly and that the matter must be dealt with.

Earlier this month, the Board of the Nursing Council declared the condition of hospital equipment a threat to patient safety.

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