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Serious Budget Cuts at Landspítali University Hospital

Landspítali University Hospital faces drastic budget cuts, mbl.is reports. Today the propositions will be announced to hospital employees. The future CEO admits that this will be a difficult task but that layoffs will be avoided at all costs.

Landspítali University Hospital. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Björn Gunnlaugsson, Chief of Medicine, will take over from Hulda Gunnlaugsdóttir as the hospital’s president. He would not disclose the cutback proposals until after the meeting with the staff, but said that obviously drastic measures must be taken in order to make ends meet. Landspitali was forced to cut 2,8 billion ISK this week, which amounts to 7-8% of the hospital’s turnover.

According to Gunnlaugsson, layoffs will be avoided at all costs. Around 60 employees have already been made redundant this year, and additional nurses and paramedics have been hired to cut down expensive overtime. Also, the operation has been under reorganization recently, cutting cost and increasing efficiency. The hospital had dealt with a substantial shortage of staff but since the economic collapse last fall, that problem has been resolved.

Gunnlaugsson hopes that the cutbacks won’t affect patients, even if that risk is always at hand. Service provided by the hospital has been of good quality this year, with hardly any waiting lists. The hospital’s production had decreased which is probably due to the decrease in demand.

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