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Health Care

Karolinska Fined for Overcrowding

Published torsdag 18 mars 2010 kl 10.26
Many patients end up being placed at other wards

Overcrowded hospitals is a known problem all over the country, but for the first time a hospital is now fined for not doing enough to deal with it.

Last autumn, Karolinska University hospital was criticised on four counts by the National Board of Health and Welfare, which threatened with a fine of 70,000 US dollars if the situation was not improved by mid-November. When inspected again this year, most of the problems were still there, and Karolinska will now have to pay up, news agency TT reports.

The worst problem, according to the Board of Health and Welfare, is that the lack of beds have forced the hospital to move patients to wards where the staff is trained to deal with completely different cases. For example, many lung patients ended up in the urology clinic or the ward for vascular surgery.

In today's Sweden, these kind of patients even have a name: they are called satellite patients.

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