Danish doctors ready to help Swedish hospitals: “When a neighbor asks for help, we must do what we can”

Nurse - patientPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

The Swedish government has initiated talks with Denmark and Norway on borrowing hospital employees this summer. Danish doctors say they are ready.

Danish doctors are ready to help if the government makes a decision to allocate capacity to relieve the hard-pressed Swedish health service this summer.

“Of course we are. When a neighboring country asks for help, we must do what we can. We also have spare capacity so we can do that,” Joachim Hoffmann-Petersen, who heads the Danish Association for Intensive Care Physicians (DASAIM), noted.

Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren confirmed to SVT on Friday that talks had been initiated with Norwegian colleagues about borrowing personnel this summer

Sweden is hard hit by the pandemic and has over ten times as many deaths per capita as Norway.

Høie: Close and ongoing contact

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) confirmed on Saturday that he had been in contact with Hallengren but emphasized that there had been no formal request for borrowing personnel from the Swedish side.

“There is close and ongoing contact between Swedish and Norwegian health authorities on a number of issues, including the need for exchange of personnel or equipment,” Høie said.

On Saturday, the Danish Minister of Health, Martin Heunicke, went to great lengths to confirm that Denmark is willing to allow health personnel to contribute.

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