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 in North Iceland will also be affected.
“It will have a profound effect,” CEO of Akureyri Hospital Bjarni Jónasson told ruv.is. “The hospital’s every-day operations will be severely disrupted.” He explained that it will not be possible to perform necessary pre-surgery testing, which means that decisions on further treatment will be delayed and surgeries must be postponed.
All cases of emergency will be taken care of.
No meetings in the wage dispute between BHM and the Icelandic state took place last weekend. Chair of BHM Páll Halldórsson criticized the state for wasting time trying to have the strikes banned instead of working on finding a solution to the dispute.