Oslo could face a lack of hospital beds in the coming decades, new report warns

Ullevål hospitalPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

According to projections, patient growth in Oslo will be large in the coming decades. But the number of beds is unlikely to match the growth in demand, which could lead to full hospitals.

“A review of the capacity of the project shows that there will most likely be a lack of coverage when it comes to hospital services in Oslo,” the analysis company Kommunekonsult concluded in a new report, newspaper Aftenposten writes.

In the report, the plan of health actors to close Ullevål Hospital and sell the site has been reviewed. 

The report has been commissioned by the Center Party (SP), but Kommunekonsult emphasizes that the work has been carried out independently.

Sandkjær: Alarming

Bjørg Sandkjær, SP’s City Council representative, calls the conclusion alarming.

“If the new hospitals are built with too little capacity, the municipality will have to face tasks it has not planned for,” Sandkjær said.

She believes the solution is to avoid closing down and selling the hospital site.

“Here, you can learn from old mistakes. It is not smart to sell hospital land,” Sandkjær said, referring to the fact that the state now has to buy back property in the Aker area to make room for the new hospital there.

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