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Physicians Resume Work at Reykjavík Hospital

An agreement was reached in the dispute between physicians and the executives of the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík yesterday evening. The almost 70 physicians who resigned on April 1 have now resumed work.

Landspítali is the white building up front. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The physicians were dissatisfied with a new shift schedule that was supposed to take effect at the beginning of this month. Director of Landspítali Björn Zoëga told Morgunbladid that yesterday’s agreement includes that a mutual solution will be sought.

“The implementation of the new shift schedule will be postponed to some extent and a trial period established,” Zoëga explained.

A committee will be appointed to work out how a new shift schedule can follow the hospital’s policies without being in breach of regulations on maximum overtime working hours.

Hjördís Thórey Thorgeirsdóttir, chairwoman of the Association of Junior Doctors, said she is very pleased with this conclusion. She said there are various possibilities for rationalization without taking the measures originally called for.

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