Thursday, December 9

Oslo is also part of “the whole country”. Saving Ullevål Hospital is a national matter.

  • Lene haug
    Lene haug

    Leader, Folkeaksjonen Save Ullevål hospital

We are trying to save hospital services for half the population of Norway, writes the author of the publication.

The motto “decisions close to the people” should be applied throughout the country.

This is a discussion post. Opinions in the text are the responsibility of the writer.

Activists from Redd Ullevål Hospital gathered in Ullevål when the new the government platform it was presented.

We wait with hope and enthusiasm. Jan Bøhler (Spanish) Had promised that the Center Party would not sit in a government that would close the Ullevål hospital.

I was stunned when I read the wording:

“Ensure that the entire population of Groruddalen receives local hospital services at Nye Aker Hospital as soon as possible and implement changes to the hospital structure in Oslo in accordance with the adopted plans.”

This means that the new government will work to implement the plan of former Health Minister Bent Høie (H) and the Conservatives to close Norway’s largest and most important emergency hospital.

They will continue with the plans up to 50 billion and build too small plots in Gaustad and Aker. A solution that Oslo does not want.

A betrayal

The Hurdal rig was a disappointment. It was a betrayal of the population of the southern and eastern areas. It feels unreal. Around me sat employees and activists crying, cursing and banging on the table.

“That’s where all publicly funded hospital service in Norway ends,” I said.

Shop stewards from all unions at Oslo University Hospital (OUS), representing 23,000 employees, have worked against this change in the hospital structure since the plan was launched in 2015. At Redd Ullevål Hospital we have been working tirelessly since that the campaign was founded in April 2018.

The wording was a slap in the face.

Lene Haug leads the Save Ullevål hospital public action. Shown here during a demonstration against plans for new hospitals in Oslo in 2020.

After the parliamentary elections, we made a 20-page note for the Hurdal marchers, packed with arguments.

Around me sat employees and activists crying, cursing and banging on the table

We have distributed 80,000 brochures. We have written consultation statements, reports, organized public meetings, debates, and torchlight processions. We have spoken with politicians. We had reason to trust the Center Party. We knew that the right people knew the case and the arguments.

Poor health care

The fact that the well-founded factual arguments of qualified professionals are reduced to a small line of text in which they pretend they have not understood anything does not generate confidence.

Especially since we have heard several of those who sat in Hurdal perform “Our” arguments many times with great conviction. We are trying to save hospital services for half the population of Norway.

Some of the country’s leading economists have shown that expensive plans in Oslo will lead to economic collapse in Southeastern Health. The leading medical professional environments in Norway have warned that emergency preparedness will be severely weakened if the unique emergency and trauma environment in Ullevål is divided.

Lives will be lost, they have said. They have refused to support the plans because they fear the health service will not be strong.

Mobilizes for battle

Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) and Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Social Democrats) know that the capacity will be too small, and that there won’t be room for the entire Groruddalen in Aker’s new hospital until 2036 at the earliest (if it ever does).

Groruddalen now needs its own local hospital. Stovner, Alna and Grorud districts have their offerings in another county at Akershus University Hospital (Ahus), but there is no place for them.

Ahus is crowded and the tasks increase. There is strong population growth and an increasing proportion of elderly in the population of the Ahus catchment areas.

We have shown that if the plans for a new hospital structure in Oslo are implemented, the Oslo and Ahus hospitals will lack 500 to 800 hospital beds when the new hospitals are completed.

But we have not given up. We are right, the Oslo city council and the people on our side. We must remind the new government that the slogan “decisions close to the people” must be applied throughout the country.

We are now mobilizing to fight for Ullevål and our health service throughout Norway. Is the same.

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