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Over 300 Operations Delayed at National Hospital

A shortage of staff and beds, as well as the prioritising of emergency procedures, has had the effect of delaying 314 operations at the National Hospital over the past 12 months. RÚV reports that the average wait time for surgeries is getting shorter, but can still be up to ten months.

Patients face relatively long wait times for many procedures in Iceland. Despite slight improvement within the past year, wait times for many operations remain longer than acceptable, according to Director of Health Alma D. Möller.

Wait times for thoracic surgery are the longest of all procedures, with an average waiting time of ten months as of last September. Wait times for orthopaedic surgery averaged around nine months, while the wait for paediatric surgery was on average six months. Patients in need of brain surgery faced the shortest waiting times at around two and half months on average.

The Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Ólafur Baldursson stated that the hard work of doctors and nurses had helped shorten wait times this year, adding that the hospital continues to make efforts to improve the situation.

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