More than 500 members of the Association of Academics in Iceland (BHM), many of whom work in hospitals, went on strike today. Most surgeries which had been scheduled at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík have been postponed as a consequence and surgeries at Akureyri Hospital...
The emergency department at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík has experienced a spike in traffic in recent days due to a peak in flu cases as well as accidents due to icy conditions.
The vast majority of the members of the Icelandic Medical Association, 90 percent, voted in favor of the new wage contract with the state in an online vote which concluded at midnight on Friday. The contract has been published on the association’s website.
Both scientists working at the Holuhraun eruption site and those guarding the closed-off area have suffered serious health problems because of toxic gases emitted by the eruption. Since the eruption started in late August, doctors have noticed increased respiratory problems.
While the government has announced that there isn’t room for improving the wages of other professions to the same extent as doctors—their basic salaries are said to have increased by at least 20 percent—other healthcare workers and labor union leaders disagree.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, acting Minister of Finance Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, chair of the Icelandic Medical Association Þorbjörn Jónsson and chair of the Association of Icelandic Surgeons Kristín Huld Haraldsdóttir signed a...
Representatives of the Association of Surgeons in Iceland and the Icelandic state signed a wage agreement at around 00:30 am last night after 14 hours of consecutive talks. Further strikes planned by surgeons, who have been striking on and off since November 4, have been called off.
The negotiation committees of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state signed a new wage contract between 3 and 4 am last night after 14 continuous hours of talks. The strike among doctors has been canceled.
It is hoped that an agreement can be reached in the wage dispute between the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state tomorrow or on Thursday. Doctors are currently on strike and will not resume work until Friday unless an agreement is reached by then.
Doctors in Iceland have launched a new series of strikes, starting at midnight. They will not resume work until after four days. The latest meeting between the delegations of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state ended at 3 am last night.
Cardiac surgeon Tómas Guðbjartsson, a professor and senior physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, was voted Person of the Year by listeners of Rás 2 radio station on Wednesday. Tómas and his team recently saved a man who had been stabbed in the heart.
A meeting between the delegations of doctors and the Icelandic state ended at 7:30 pm yesterday without a solution to the ongoing wage dispute. A new meeting was scheduled this morning. If the dispute remains unresolved, doctors will strike again in one week.
ISK 1 billion (USD 8.1 million, EUR 6.5 million) in state funding will go towards Landspítali National University Hospital in addition to the amount reserved for the hospital in the 2015 budget bill, as reported yesterday. Director of Landspítali Páll Matthíasson celebrates the news.
A 48-hour strike among surgeons and psychiatrists at Landspítali National University Hospital began at midnight. At the same time doctors at other hospital wards concluded their 48-hour strike. No progress has been made in negotiations between doctors and the state.
After 42 meetings in the five months since the wage dispute between doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association and Surgeon’s Association and representatives of the Icelandic health authorities was referred to the State Negotiator, talks are going nowhere.
Doctors working at healthcare centers in Reykjavík and surrounding communities, at healthcare institutions outside the capital area and at Landspítali National University Hospital’s research, women’s and children’s wards started striking at midnight and will not resume work until midnight...
There will no longer be an ambulance in the villages of Kópasker and Raufarhöfn on Melrakkaslétta peninsula if plans to cut costs go ahead.
The Icelandic Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management received a notice at 13:13 pm today that an airplane had landed at Keflavík International Airport because a person onboard was possibly infected with Ebola. It was later confirmed that this was not the case.
Patients at the emergency room of Landspítali National University Hospital had to wait to be treated longer than usual last night because some of the doctors working there were on strike. Doctors working at the hospital’s intensive care unit, operating room, anesthetic and gerontology wards...
The meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the wage dispute between the Icelandic Medical Association (LÍ) and the state ended with no solution. The first strike among doctors in Iceland ended at midnight yesterday, but a new strike is set to start on Monday.
The Icelandic Medical Association (LÍ) and representatives of the state will discuss the ongoing wage dispute today. The last meeting was on Monday. The strike among 160 of LÍ’s doctors, which began at midnight on Sunday, continues.
Tómas Guðbjartsson, professor and chief physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, contradicts Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, who recently stated in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós that there have been no layoffs at the hospital since 2009...
Doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association, including general practitioners, began a strike at midnight last night. At the healthcare center in the suburb of Efra-Breiðholt, where there are usually eight doctors, there will only be one doctor working today and tomorrow and they will only tend...
The street lamps along Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík turned pink last week on the occasion of the annual ‘Pink October’ initiative to raise awareness of cancer in women. This year, the Cancer Society is encouraging young women to show up for regular checkups.