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Hospital staff shortages

Union slams nurses' bonus deal

Published fredag 7 juni 2013 kl 11.20
File photo: Tore Meek/Scanpix.

Nurses at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm have been offered an extra SEK 15,000 if they refrain from two weeks of vacation this summer. Other hospitals throughout the country are offering similar deals.

But the Swedish Association of Health Professionals is critical of the initiative, which is an effort to address hospitals' staff shortages during the summer period.

"It is devastating. Considering how tough things have been within healthcare the nurses really need their four consecutive weeks of holiday this summer," Sineva Ribeiro, director of the Association of Health Professionals, told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Ribeiro added that nurses need to rest in order to have the energy to work in the autumn period.

"Many are worked out, tired and have already taken many extra shifts," Ribeiro said.

Anna Nergårdh, head doctor within the Stockholm County Council, said the summer will be tough but she added that patients will receive the care they need.

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