Cuts and spending

The Minister of Health, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson of the Independent Party announced a 1.3 billion cut in the health sector yesterday.

Hospitals will close and health-institutions which have served citizens across the country will be cut from 23 to 6.

The number of jobs in the health-sector will be cut, there will be fewer research facilities and hospital divisions cut.

Further cuts of 5.4 billion will be needed.

The employees of St. Josefs Hospital which will be closed arrived at the press conference where Gudlaugur announced the cuts in full work-uniform. That was very cool.

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One blogger thought it interesting that the minister had picked the Hilton hotel to announce the cuts. Hopefully the ministry got a good deal from the hotel since it is watching its budget.

Meanwhile an entity owned by the city of Reykjavik and the state is in talks with the company which it partnered with to build the Music and Conference hall mentioned here couple of days ago. The company, Portus is unable to pay 800 million ISK needed to continue the building. It is estimated that it will cost 10 billion ISK to finish the building and it will be the city and state who will need to provide the funds.

Those 10 billion spent on a fancy building in times of trouble  sure put the cuts in the health-sector into perspective.

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1 Response to “Cuts and spending”


  1. 1 Roy January 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Kafkaesque? Please wake me when this play ends, we´ll grab a beer on the way home…


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