Tuesday, November 30

No national measures: – Very disappointing

A record amount of infection, many covid-19 patients and other seasonal viruses in circulation put the health services in Norway under great pressure.

Unit leader and section chief Ole K. Fossum tells TV 2 that he is “very disappointed and frustrated” about the handling of the pandemic after the change of government.

He believes it has not worked that the health authorities have handed over the handling of the pandemic to the municipalities.

– The preparedness for the hospitals is very poor and deficient in normal operation. Much of our real preparedness is embedded in planned treatment. The hospitals are operated with fine margins, says the superior.

– Disappointing

At a press conference on Friday, no national measures were introduced domestically.

Fossum reacts strongly to this.

– This is very disappointing. The measures are not in accordance with the situation in the hospitals. Nor in my opinion elsewhere in society. This is discouraging, he continues.

The strategy now is for the municipalities to handle the infection situation locally, both Minister of Health Ingvild Kjerkol (Labor Party) and Assistant Director of Health Espen R. Nakstad pointed out at the press conference.

At the same time, Kjerkol made it clear that if the situation worsens, it may be relevant to introduce measures nationally.

EMPLOYEES: Several hospitals have problems with adequate staffing to ensure health services. Illustration photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

– Too bad

Fossum believes that the infection figures indicate that something should be done, also nationally.

– We are close to a breaking point if we do not manage to stop this soon. It is close to being able to affect the treatment of patients, says Fossum.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health considers that the development in society is serious, and that we risk getting into a situation with a lack of capacity in the health service. If the situation gets worse, it can affect patients who do not have covid-19.

– Infection is increasing, the capacity of the health service is under great pressure and no new measures are being introduced nationally. Is not it a strange signal to send to those who work in the health service in Norway?

– We are in a difficult situation now because we live in a normal everyday life where a lot of what is to be handled happens in the municipalities, says assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad to TV 2.

– Many have been vaccinated, but not all. We are in a situation where we have a pandemic that hits a little crooked, and where the unvaccinated are most exposed. It is a new situation for us, and now it is important that we look at this a bit holistically, he says.

DIFFICULT: Espen Rostrup Nakstad thinks we are in a difficult situation now.  Photo: Ingvild Gjerdsjø / TV 2

DIFFICULT: Espen Rostrup Nakstad thinks we are in a difficult situation now. Photo: Ingvild Gjerdsjø / TV 2

Nakstad says that it is important that people who live in municipalities where there are a lot of measures, follow the advice and rules that are given.

– What we now see quite clearly is that compliance with the councils is limited in some municipalities. Therefore, we are continuously considering whether we should recommend more national councils on this, says Nakstad.

May have serious consequences

Chief physician Fossum says that with a normally open society, you also get normal pressure with hospitalizations.

– Lifestyle hospitalizations such as trauma, alcohol poisoning, injuries after fights in the city and other infections are spreading due to close contact in society, says Fossum.

He believes that hospital preparedness is already too poor to handle a normal society.

– When we then let the infection rates increase as much as they have now done, without taking responsibility nationally, this can become very serious, says Fossum.

Many of the covid-19 inmates also stay for a long time because they are demanding to treat. In addition, there has been a lot of RS infection in Norway in recent weeks, which has meant that more children have been admitted.

Several key personnel in the hospitals are also infected, which means that there is a risk that they bring infection into the hospitals. The health service also has fewer employees to play on.

This is the situation for the flu season, which leads to many admissions each year.


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