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Nurses Protest Hospital Director Pay Rise

Assistant nurses in Iceland have expressed their anger over the wage increase of the director of Landspítali, the national hospital, Björn Zoëga. Last week it was announced that Björn’s salary would be increased by ISK 450,000 (USD 3,700, EUR 2,800) to ISK 2.3 million (USD 19,000, EUR 14,500) per month.

nationalhospital-hallgrimskirkja_ipaLandspítali national hospital. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

Chairman of the National Association of Practical Nurses Kristín Á. Guðmundsdóttir says assistant nurses are furious over the decision, describing it as a slap in the face, ruv.is reports.

Practical nurses say that budget cuts have meant that they are not permitted to call in additional workers when they are understaffed.

According to Kristín, all options are on the table, including mass resignations. She says assistant nurses in Iceland can easily find work abroad.

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