Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson has announced to Reykjavík City Council that the construction of a nursing home for 90 people on Sléttuvegur has been postponed. Chair of the City Council Dagur B. Eggertsson said he regrets the decision.
“This means that very important development for senior citizens on Sléttuvegur in collaboration with Hrafnista [nursing home] has been upset … along with the people who require such facilities and their loved ones,” Dagur commented to Fréttablaðið.
He added that this is bad news for Landspítali National University Hospital as senior citizens in need for nursing home facilities cannot be discharged.
Dagur reasoned that in the next two years there will be a need for 250 nursing home beds in the capital region. Already there are 116 individuals on waiting lists of whom 84 are Reykjavík residents, he revealed.
Kristján commented to Stöð 2 yesterday that there had not been any funds available for the building of the nursing home on Sléttuvegur, which had been promised by Dagur and former Minister of Welfare Guðbjartur Hannesson shortly before the election in April.
Kristján also stated that nursing home facilities with 130 beds will be built in the capital region in the coming years. “A plan on the building of nursing homes across the country worked on by the former minister of welfare is in effect.”