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Young Physicians and Nurses Might Leave Iceland

By Iceland Review

The employment opportunities for recently-graduated physicians and nurses in Iceland have decreased significantly because of cutbacks in the healthcare system and there is a risk of this group searching for work in other countries.

Landspítali national hospital is in front. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Two of the savings measures taking effect at the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík in the coming months include not renewing temporary job contracts and not filling the positions of those who retire, Fréttabladid.

“It is certainly a very different situation and it has been proven through time that those who are educated or possess other skills that are sought after abroad are the first to leave,” said Elsa B. Fridfinnsdóttir, chairwoman of the Association of Icelandic Nurses.

“People will move away and not necessarily come back,” Fridfinnsdóttir predicted, however pointing out that the situation of the healthcare sector in other European countries is not particularly good either.

Hjördís Thórey Thorgeirsdóttir, chairwoman of the Association of Young Physicians, said it is likely that young physicians will start their specialization studies abroad sooner and some of them might decide to stay.

Thorgeirsdóttir said positions are being decreased in some places, increasing the workload for those who are left. “This is what we worry about the most, that we cannot do our jobs as well as we want to. We are not in a line of work where work effort can decrease without it having serious consequences.”

Click here to read more about savings measures in the healthcare sector.

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