Bunad brigade back battling for babies

Around 200 women dressed in their traditional Norwegian bunads were back in battle mode on Tuesday, assembling in front of the Parliament in Oslo to demand a halt to closure and consolidation of maternity wards at small hospitals around the country. They met some resistance, though, from a clinic chief who thinks bigger facilities can […]

Bunads turn into new battle gear

Regional Norwegian costumes known as a bunad have long been a symbol of national pride and identity, and worn on special or formal occasions. In recent weeks, however, they’ve suddenly become a symbol of protest by women battling to preserve local health care services and maternity wards. It all started earlier this year with a […]

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 […]

Espionage behind health care hack

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST suspects that a “serious” hacking attack on the computer systems of the country’s largest regional health care agency was carried out on behalf of a foreign state. The January 8 attack on Helse Sør-Øst may have put the health care files for more than 2 million Norwegians at risk. “This […]

New hospital to be built for Mjøsa region

After 15 years of debate over its location, state health authorities have decided against building a new hospital for the large and growing area around Lake Mjøsa in any of the region’s four largest cities. Instead of placing the hospital in either Hamar, Elverum, Gjøvik or Lillehammer, it will be built at Moelv, where the […]

Billions to be invested in hospitals

It’s election campaign season in Norway, meaning the government is suddenly announcing some major new spending projects. Opposition parties are promising the same, and this week the beneficiaries were hospitals. Finance Minister Siv Jensen of the Progress Party announced the government will invest NOK 3 billion in the national cancer hospital in Oslo, Radiumhospitalet. The money […]

Rights sold to arthritis medicine

A Japanese pharmaceutical company has bought the rights to commercialize a new medicine developed by Norwegian researcher and doctor Anita Kåss that’s showed promising results in treating arthritis, rheumatism, psoriasis and MS.  The director of the hospital where Kåss works in Skien, Betanien, claimed the deal was the largest licensing agreement ever entered into by a […]

Many elderly patients undernourished

A new study shows that one of three patients at Norwegian hospitals is undernourished, and the numbers are higher among those who are elderly. The lack of nourishment is tied to their illnesses and lengthy hospital stays. “Even though more than half of all adults in Norway are now overweight, the numbers of those undernourished is paradoxically […]

Severe flu virus results in deaths

An aggressive influensa virus that’s been sweeping over Norway in recent weeks has now been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including four elderly patients at a nursing home in Molde. Norway’s public health institute (Folkehelseinstituttet, FHI) has released statistics for the first time showing how many have died of the flu in the intensive care […]

Government halted hospital strike

Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie of the Conservative Party ordered an end to Norway’s longest hospital strike ever Tuesday evening. All striking doctors and other medical professionals were ordered back to work immediately. “I’m very sorry about this, it’s their responsibility to negotiate pay,” Hauglie said on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s national nightly newscast Dagsrevyen. “But now we […]