Saturday, February 5, 2011

Trouble in Swedish healthcare system

Swedish hospitals are so overcrowded that there is a shortage of emergency call buttons to alert nurses, reports several news agencies.

Adult patients have been given bells to ring, and children have been given pans and spoons to bang, which hospital employees purchased themselves.

Patients have also been placed in areas where there is no skilled personnel to look after them.

A union for health professionals publicized the problem this week after years of complaining to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare.

"Maria Tenggren, an employee at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, said the hospitals 'long ago passed the limit of what is acceptable. We have for years nagged about the problem of overcrowding, but nothing happens,' she said."

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