Ousted hospital boss paid to leave

UPDATED: Criticism was flying this week after another top public official had to resign amidst great conflict but nonetheless quickly was granted another public sector job with a big paycheck. This time the man in question is Dr Bjørn Erikstein, who resigned under pressure Monday as director of the Oslo University Hospitals (OUS) and ultimately […]

Hospital shutdown meets more protests

A decision by regional health authorities to eventually shut down Norway’s largest hospital, Ullevål in Oslo, and split its functions between two new facilities has angered Ullevål employees and others who’ve opposed the plan for years. As calls went out to fire the director of the Oslo University Hospitals including Ullevål, others believe it is […]

Low-paid hospital staff go out on strike

Mediation broke down during the night between hospital administrators and unions representing mostly non-medical hospital personnel who’ve been seeking better pensions. The unions thus pulled nearly 500 hospital workers out on strike from Wednesday morning. “We think it’s bloody unfair that the lowest-paid personnel in (Norwegian state-run) hospitals aren’t able to get pension benefits based […]

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 […]