Another four hospitals were targeted on Friday as a strike by doctors weary of long duty shifts dragged into its fourth day. The union representing them, Akademikerne Helse, pulled 119 more members off the job.
The new hospitals hit by the strike include Vestre Viken, Akershus University Hospital, Sykehuset i Vestfold and St Olavs hospital in Trondheim.
A total of 194 state hospital employees went on strike in its initial phase, bringing the total now called off the job to just over 300. Most of them are doctors who are unhappy over the excessively long shifts they often must work and how their duty schedules function.
The doctors’ union has now sent a letter to Health Minister Bent Høie, who was withholding comment. The employers’ organization that represents the state hospitals’ management criticized the union for involving the minister in a labour conflict.