County medical officer starts inspection of Bergen hospitals after a patient was denied health care

BergenBergen, Norway. Photo: Daniel Tafjord / Unsplash

The county medical officer in Vestland initiated the inspection of the hospitals in Bergen in November last year after a patient was denied health care.

The background for the case is a complaint from the Health Center for Undocumented Migrants, which was sent to the County Governor of Vestland the month before, the newspaper Bergens Tidende writes. The patient did not have legal residence in Norway but was ill with cancer and was referred for treatment at Haukeland University Hospital and Haraldsplass Diaconal Hospital.

“The referral from the doctor was rejected. The person was denied treatment by both Haraldsplass and Haukeland. They thought he was not entitled to health care. Eventually, the patient received help. The patient is now dead,” county medical officer Sjur Lehmann told the newspaper.

He stated that the review of the facts and information related to the case is still underway. 

Haukeland University Hospital believes that they have followed the regulations but did not want to comment specifically on the case out of consideration for the duty of confidentiality and the ongoing case.

“We believe we have followed the regulations in this case, but the inspection case will clarify the situation. In general, we can say that we provide the necessary immediate help to all people who seek it,” communications director Erik Vigander at Haukeland stated.

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