Reykjavik’s Landspitali hospital is struggling to attract new specialists with the wages being offered. Despite staff cut-backs due to the budgetary restrictions, the situation is still considered serious.
The head of Landspitali, Bjorn Zoega, told RUV that heart patients may need to be treated overseas if the situation does not improve soon.
Zoega added that if the intense pressure on the hospital is maintained, there will come a breaking point eventually. No services at the hospital have been discontinued in recent years – although a lot has been changed, re-organised and scaled back. The next step could have to be the closure of some departments, which would mean sending some patients to other countries for treatment. The state would not save any money if that happened, Zoega said.