The waiting time is increasing for Norwegian patients

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The waiting time in the specialist health service is increasing for Norwegian patients, according to recent figures from the Directorate of Health.

In the second quarter of the year, patients had to wait about 60 days, writes P4 about the figures. The increase is two days compared to the same period last year.

In the somatic sector, the waiting time was 61 days, an increase of two days from last year.

– It is an expression of the fact that it is very scarce in the hospital sector, that it is very tight economy and thus increases the waiting time, says Deputy Chairman of the Storting’s Health and Care Committee, Sps Kjersti Toppe.

It is the patients at Health West who wait the longest, while the patients in Health Central Norway have the shortest waiting time.

A total of 1.6 million patients were treated at somatic hospitals in the first eight months of 2019. This was an increase of 0.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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