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Sweden's Karolinska hospital to slash 900 jobs

Sweden's Karolinska hospital to slash 900 jobs

Sweden's second biggest hospital plans to cut 900 jobs, or 6 percent of its work force, in an effort to cut costs by 450 million kronor ($55 million) a year, officials said Wednesday.
Stockholm's public Karolinska University Hospital has been running a deficit for years and said in a statement it needs to get its "economy in balance." Karolinska spokesman Klas Ostman said the staff had grown beyond what the budget allows.
"We've had problems for many years now, where the costs have not really been under control," he said.
Swedish Radio reported that other public hospitals in the Scandinavian country are also facing cutbacks.
Karolinska employs nearly 16,000 people and has 1,600 beds at two locations in the Swedish capital. It collaborates with the medical school, Karolinska Institutet, renowned worldwide for awarding the Nobel Prize in medicine.
Although the job cuts will partly be made through attrition and the termination of temporary contracts, hospital officials said about 600 employees would be laid off.
Karolinska will revise schedules and work routines to continue to ensure quality health care, it said, adding the changes will be enforced in a way that "the consequences for hospital patients are as small as possible."
The measures need the approval of the hospital's board.


Updated : 2021-05-14 01:15 GMT+08:00