Municipalities: Sweden needs health personnel from other Nordic countries to cope with the crisis

Lena HallengrenPhoto: Jessica Gow / TT / NTB

The Swedish government should formally ask for help from other Nordic countries to cope with this summer’s crisis in the country’s intensive care units, Swedish municipalities believe.

The organization Sweden’s Municipalities and Regions (SKR) called on the government to ask, among others, Norway to contribute with health personnel, Ekot at Swedish Radio reported on Friday.

According to the organization, this can be a way to ensure intensive care in Sweden and securing a break for the employees.

Although the pressure on the intensive care units in Sweden is somewhat lighter than before, the situation is still demanding. There is great concern that the influx of patients with COVID-19 will remain extensive in many regions.

Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren says that the issue will be analyzed quickly.

“The government has received the letter from SKR and is now analyzing it. For the government, it is important that the intensive care units are secured and that the staff who have made an incredible effort for over a year can recover,” Hallengren wrote in a comment to TT.

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