Patient Admissions Exceed Capacities
Several Swedish hospitals are being criticized for patient admissions that exceed bed capacities. Social workers who made surprise inspections at the Karolinska University Clinic in the Stockholm suburb of Huddinge reported that gravely ill patients were forced to sleep in hallways and corridors.
The minister for health and social affairs, Göran Hägglund, told the TT wire service that because of the rising number of old people the country’s health care facilities would have to be re-organized.
“We are in a situation where more hospital beds will be needed,” Hägglund said.
He added that the local health authorities were responsible for solving the problems but that the government was willing to cooperate.