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Urgent Need for Healthcare Workers on Reserve Force

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has encouraged those with healthcare training to join the healthcare system’s reserve force. The healthcare system is experiencing strain due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations, and Svandís stated that the need is urgent.

“Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections with increased strain on the healthcare system, more healthcare workers are urgently needed in the health service’s reserve force,” a government notice reads. “The assistance of healthcare professionals who are willing to come to work temporarily at short notice, whether full-time, part-time or for shift work, is requested, as circumstances allow.”

The reserve force was set up at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when it became clear that key healthcare institutions could face staffing problems due to staff illness or absences due to quarantine. The National University Hospital has now sent out a call for additional staff.

The reserve force accepts workers with diverse training, including nurses, doctors, and paramedics (and students in these disciplines) but also social workers, pharmacists, radiologists, and more. Workers with relevant healthcare training can register by filling out this form. Wages are based on collective agreements in the relevant institutions.

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