From Iceland — Hospital Office Container Fell Off Truck

Hospital Office Container Fell Off Truck

Published December 19, 2014

Negotiations between doctors, on strike, and State continue

Negotiations between doctors, on strike, and State continue

A container intended to accommodate doctors at Landspítalinn fell off a truck by Miklabraut, Reykjavík, Friday morning. This was reported by RÚV. Luckily, the container fell on a slip road and did thereby not seriously disturb traffic.

Eighteen containers are currently being stacked on the hospital’s premises by Hringbraut, for doctors’ offices.

Strike and negotiations

Doctors at State hospitals started their first strike action ever late October. So far, negotiations between doctors and State have not produced results.

On Friday morning, representatives of the Icelandic Medical Association met with representatives of the State to continue negotiations.

Last week, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson expressed hopes that negotiations might be concluded before Christmas. Commentators have suggested negotiations might be accelerated now that Alþingi has voted for next year’s Treasury budget.

Perhaps accordingly, this Friday afternoon, ministers met with Gunnar Björnsson, Chair of the State Negotiations Committee, and Magnús Pétursson, State Mediator, on Friday afternoon.

Surgeons have scheduled a negotiation meeting this Saturday morning.

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