Hospital protests break out in Oslo

Reality is setting in for Oslo-area residents and their political representatives, that they face losing their biggest local hospital. The state plans to phase out and then shut down Ullevål University Hospital, a sprawling, historic health care institution that’s played a huge role in many Norwegians’ lives, and send all its patients to expanded and […]

Debate erupts over cuts in sick pay

Employees in Norway can currently call in sick and still collect full pay, with a doctor’s evaluation only required after three days away from work. Now a Member of Parliament from the Conservative Party wants to cut sick pay benefits, setting off immediate objections from the opposition. “This comes like a gift to us,” declared […]

Survey reveals student loneliness

A new health survey of Norwegian college and university students reveals that fully 30 percent admit to being lonely and feeling like outsiders in new school environments. They also miss having someone to talk to. School started this week all over the country, and the media is full of stories about students settling in to […]

Christian Democrats attack free heroin plan

Norwegian Health Minister Bent Høie of the Conservative Party is planning to launch a pilot program aimed at saving the lives of drug addicts by simply providing them with free heroin. The Christian Democrats were quick to attack the plan, equating it to giving up on efforts for rehabilitation. “It’s sad if people addicted to […]

Air ambulance pilots agree to fly

The labour organization representing pilots in Norway, Norsk Flygerforbund, has reached an agreement with the new operator of the country’s air ambulance service. Conflicts remain between operator Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance and aircraft technicians, so the air ambulances still face groundings. News bureau NTB reported that the pilots and Babcock settled their differences after late-night negotiations […]

Air ambulances fly but problems persist

Norway’s air ambulances were cleared for take-off again this weekend, but conflicts involving their pilots remained unresolved. Neither the pilots’ union nor their employers’ representative could report any progress. The ambulance service has been in crisis since the company that’s run it for many years was outbid by a foreign-owned newcomer last year. The new […]

Air ambulance crisis grips the north

Norway is in the grips of an air ambulance crisis that has disrupted emergency medical service, especially in the northern counties of Finnmark and Troms. Members of Parliament are demanding immediate cancellation of the results of an ambulance service bidding process last year that generated all the turbulence. Air ambulances are a critical part of […]

‘Worst ever’ pollen season predicted

Spring has sprung in southern Norway but those suffering from allergies have little reason to rejoice after this year’s long and cold winter. It’s being blamed for what experts predict will be the worst pollen season ever. Many areas, including Oslo’s metropolitan region, logged unusually cold temperatures during the winter months this year. That postponed […]

Antibiotics usage declines sharply

The number of people in Norway who receive presecriptions for an antibiotic has declined 20 percent in the past five years. Health care experts cheered the news as important in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. New numbers from the state register of presecriptions in Norway showed that those for antibiotics written out in 2017 were […]

Mountain cabins hit by illness

DNT, the Norwegian mountain trekking association, was in emergency mode on Monday after at least 30 people who’ve been skiing from one DNT cabin to another have fallen ill. DNT officials fear an outbreak of the novo-virus, which causes serious vomiting and diarrhea. Three new cases of illness have been reported since Sunday evening. DNT […]