Swedish hospital warns of acute staff shortages

Published 29 June 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The hospital is trying to solve the staff shortage through overtime.

At Skaraborg Hospital, more than 1000 shifts are vacant this summer, according to the Swedish Medical Association.

– The worst summer so far, says Alfred Klingvall, the chief security officer.

According to Klingvall, it is usually more difficult to cover the shifts at the hospital during the summer. This year, however, it is worse than ever, which the safety representative believes is due to poor human resources policies and planning on the part of the employer.

– We have people who are on the verge of tears every day, Klingvall told the tax-funded Swedish Radio (SR).

But Åsa Ranbro Jansson, the hospital’s deputy director, disagrees and says they have instead tried to solve the situation. The main reason, she says, is that it has been difficult to recruit staff and that the ongoing strike is playing a major role.

– We have a situation where we are short of staff, so we use overtime to solve that situation, but we cannot do that in the same way today, she says.

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