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Doctors’ Wage Dispute Unsolved, New Strike Ahead

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Doctors’ Wage Dispute Unsolved, New Strike Ahead

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Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

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.

A continued series of strikes where doctors at different institutions stop working in turn are scheduled through mid-December. The schedule (in Icelandic) can be seen in this report on mbl.is.

Chair of the Icelandic parliament Alþingi’s Welfare Committee, Social Democrat MP Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, told ruv.is that even though the safety of patients will be guaranteed during the doctors’ strike, the healthcare system will be under immense strain and waiting lists will continue to lengthen.

The Welfare Committee called representatives of the Directorate of Health, Landspítali National University Hospital and Ministry of Health to a meeting to discuss the situation yesterday.

Sigríður said the strike reflects a bigger problem in the Icelandic healthcare system. “I believe an important factor in solving the dispute would be an explicit declaration that Landspítali will be rebuilt and that increased funding will be allocated to healthcare issues.”

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