12 of 15 applicants for vacant radiologist posts at Reykjavík’s Landspítali hospital are from Spain or the UK. The X-ray department chief at the hospital says it is highly likely that at least some of them will start working at the hospital in the coming weeks.
25 radiologists tendered their resignations this summer due to a long-running pay dispute with the State—and while eight withdrew their resignations, 17 did not and left at the end of their notice period on September 1. 17 radiologists amount to around a quarter of all radiologists at the hospital.
Now, three weeks after their departure, the whole hospital is under increasing pressure, Vísir reports.
“It has been difficult and we have been under-staffed, and with only positive staff and solidarity it has been working, but of course it has been difficult,” says Díana Óskarsdóttir, head of department at the hospital.
She says the X-ray department has been cutting services over the past three weeks and the waiting list for patients is getting longer. “Naturally things are going slower here and people need to wait longer to get an appointment,” Díana explains.
To get the department back up to strength, the equivalent of 14 new full-time radiologists must be appointed. The positions were advertised and the deadline ran out on Monday. “We get 15 applications before the deadline expired, and a few applications have come in after that,” says Díana.
Among the applications are several from radiologists who resigned over the summer and several others have been in contact since the deadline, which has led Díana to decide to advertise the jobs again so that they can apply. The majority of applications, however, came from Britain and Spain and it is very likely that some of those applicants will get the job.
Díana says she hopes to get her department back up to full strength in October.