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There is a lack of nurses in particular, but also other staff involved in the care of children with cancer. Credit: Claudio Bresciani/TT
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Lack of nurses leads to cuts for pediatric cancer treatment

Published tisdag 17 oktober 2017 kl 14.28

The lack of nurses and other staff is forcing downsizing at the country's six wards that specialize in treating children with cancer, according to a report from the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation.

All six pediatric cancer centers in Stockholm, Linköping, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Lund and Umeå report that they have been forced to reduce the number of patients or postpone planned expansions due to the lack of necessary staff. The situation in Gothenburg is the worst, according to the report.

Radio Sweden spoke to Kerstin Sollerbrant, head of research at the Childhood Cancer foundation, who said that the lack of beds in the specialist wards means that the young patients can be forced to move to another ward, or another hospital, further away from home.

The main problem is the lack of nurses, she said, but she also warns that many pediatric oncologists are nearing retirement age.

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