“Hospitals should be able to prevent employees from travelling abroad,” says Hospital Department Head

Doctors at workDoctors at work.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / SCANPIX
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Department head Dag Jacobsen at Oslo University Hospital believes that health care workers should not travel abroad as long as the coronavirus is spreading.

The head of department told NRK that he has raised the issue about employees being free to travel wherever they want during the virus outbreak. The answer he received was that the hospital cannot prevent staff from travelling, even if they were going to an area where there is an ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus.

Jacobsen believes the law needs to be changed so that the hospital can have the right to deny employees from travelling.

“We ask employees not to travel to areas with corona infection but we do not have the right to refuse them to do so. The laws should be changed,” said Jacobsen.

The head of the department fears that staff shortages may affect hospitals because employees who have been travelling must be quarantined at the same time as more and more patients seek out health care.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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