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Swedish Nurses’ Strike Expands; Medicine too Costly

Published torsdag 24 april 2008 kl 11.04

The Swedish nurses strike has expanded - with more nurses through out the country joining those already in the action demanding higher wages.

Local government officials have tried to limit the action by declaring the strike a threat to national security, although a number of nurses have been selected for duty in case of life-threatening emergencies.

In the meantime, Swedish health authorities are once again warning about the galloping costs of medicine in this Nordic nation.

The recommendation is that more centralized decisions be made on which medicines should be prescribed - and which high-priced alternatives rejected.

Swedish doctors have reacted by saying that the bureaucrats are not the right ones to make such decisions - and that it might be harder to order the right medicine for their patients.

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