Broad support for striking doctors

Doctors ' strikes outside the Ullevål hospitalOSLO.Doctors ' strikes outside the Ullevål hospital : Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Doctors in the hospital strikes have the support of half the population, a new study shows. Only one out of ten support the hospital managers.

This is according to a survey commissioned by Dagens Medisin.

The strike started on September 7 after mediation between Akademikerne and Spekter were not successful. Now 498 hospital employees are on strike.

– Until now we have seen that we have received broad support from our members, in an united trade union movement, and now we also see broad support from the population. We are very happy, says Marit Hermansen, president of the Medical Association.

The survey shows that 60 percent of respondents have been informed that the strike is about the management of their work shifts, while 5 percent believe the doctors are on strike for better wages.

– The strong support shows that most people have understood what the conflict is about.

Should we continue to have hospitals of good quality and with a high degree of patient safety, we must also have collective provisions for how much doctors can work, says chief negotiator Rune Viking in Akademikerne helse in a statement.

Hermansen says she is not afraid of losing the people’s support even if the strike is prolonged and more and more patients receive examinations and operations postponed.

– We are working on the strike to affect the employer, but not to put lives and health at risk, says Hermansen.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today


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