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Majority of Nurses in Iceland Withdraw Resignations

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Majority of Nurses in Iceland Withdraw Resignations

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More than half of the 250 nurses, or 143, who had resigned at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík due to a wage dispute with the state have withdrawn their resignations. The resignations were to take effect on October 1.

Approximately 300 employees at Landspítali resigned last summer, in addition to nurses, midwives, x-ray technicians and biomedical scientists.

“It’s pleasing that the majority of resignations have been withdrawn,” CEO of Landspítali Páll Matthíasson told Vísir. “However, we will continue to work closely with our staff in response to their concern of their work environment and in an effort to improve it.”

Páll stated it is of great importance for the hospital that so many employees want to continue working there. However, he is concerned about the fact that none of the 26 biomedical scientists who resigned have withdrawn their resignations.

“I hope that most of those who resigned, preferably everyone, withdraw their resignations but we will have to wait and see. It’s up to each individual, of course,” Páll concluded.

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