Medical equipment in need of renewal at Landspítali, the National University Hospital in Reykjavík, is again the subject of criticism after the Board of the Nursing Council declared its condition a threat to patient safety, mbl.is reports.
View of Landspítali and Hallgrímskirkja. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.
As reported in August, medical equipment at the national hospital must be renewed for ISK 2-3 billion (USD 17-25 million, EUR 13-20 million) in the next two years. Cancer treatment had to be postponed this summer when both of the hospital’s radiation therapy machines broke down at the same time.
In a meeting today, the board passed the following resolution: “The Board of the Nursing Council of Landspítali urges that the essential renewal of the hospital’s medical equipment take place. Old and worn out equipment at the University Hospital is a threat to the treatment and safety of patients and makes the job of healthcare professionals more difficult.”