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ER Busy as Iceland’s Doctors Strike Again

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ER Busy as Iceland’s Doctors Strike Again

Landspítali National University Hospital

Landspítali. Photo: Sverrir H. Geirmundsson.

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 will also be on strike for the next two days.

At midnight tomorrow, doctors working at Landspítali’s psychiatric and operations wards will go on strike. Deputy Hospital Director Ólafur Baldursson told Fréttablaðið that he is greatly concerned about the week ahead. The ER will be under immense strain, he predicted.

Chief surgeon at Landspítali Tómas Guðbjartsson said in a radio interview on RÚV’s Morgunútgáfan this morning that all planned operations over the next two days, other than emergencies, will be canceled.

“I won’t be able to perform the operation I was supposed to ten minutes ago and had to call the patient and cancel, unfortunately. In the coming days surgeons will be on strike, so there will be severe disturbance of the operations in my division,” Tómas added.

Doctors of the Icelandic Medical Association are striking for the first time, demanding a 30 percent pay raise.

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