Nurses warned of hospital crowding

A major investigation of Swedish hospitals is underway, according to broadsheet Dagens Nyheter.

It has been launched by the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket), in response to reports of overcrowding and of hospital staff overloaded with work.

Hospital staff will welcome the inspection, says Jane Stegring a local head of the union that includes nurses.

"We have members who have chosen to quit, to work with something completely different, because they feel that they cannot, morally and ethically, stand for the work that they are doing."

Pernilla Pehrson Niia is an assistant director at the work environment authority. "Many take worries home with them from work. Was it good health care? At the same time we have regulations that sets high standards on hospital staff's performance."

The minister for social affairs, Göran Hägglund (Christian Democrats), says that he is concerned about the issue. He also says that health care is the responsibility of the county councils, although he promises that the government is planning a big push on patient safety.

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