Bunad brigade won concessions

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Norway’s health minister has listened to a grassroots uproar carried out by Norwegian women wearing their bunads. A much-criticized merger of hospital maternity wards in Kristiansund and Molde will at least be postponed.

State health care administrators in the county of Møre og Romsdal decided late last week that the maternity wards won’t be consolidated in August after all, and instead will merge when a new hospital serving both cities in the region opens in 2023.

Health Minister Bent Høie said he “thinks it was wise” of the administrators to postpone the merger, but his boss, Prime Minister Erna Solberg claimed a merger will still take place and Kristiansund will likely lose its local maternity ward.

The so-called “bunad brigade” isn’t satisfied, fighting still for not only a larger and improved maternity ward at the new hospital but also to retain maternity care in Kristiansund as well.

newsinenglish.no staff