Wednesday, January 19

Time-consuming bureaucracy makes it difficult for newly qualified doctors to get a job

Norwegian Maria Waleur Jansen works as a doctor in an emergency room in Denmark. While Norwegian hospitals lack people, the Norwegian Directorate of Health has spent over half a year deciding whether she can work in Norway. 40 newly graduated Norwegian doctors are in the same situation.

Maria Waleur Jansen has six years of education as a doctor at Aarhus University. It is enough for the hospital that wants her in Oslo, but the Norwegian Directorate of Health spends time deciding.

– We do not just want to come back to Norway, but we want to help.

Maria Waleur Jansen has completed six years of medical studies at the University of Aarhus. She has read Aftenposten’s description of doctors who feel that they are not enough in an everyday life where the corona pandemic takes up great resources. About doctors who say they do not quickly enough catch that patients are getting worse.

Now Jansen is more than ready to contribute to a Norwegian health service in crisis.

She has got what she calls the dream job. Waleur has been given a LIS1 position («Doctor in specialization 1», formerly known as rotation position, journ.anm.) at a hospital in Oslo.

There is only one thing missing: That the Norwegian Directorate of Health, which has stated that access to health personnel is difficult in hundreds of Norwegian municipalities, decides.

The processing of Jansen’s application for authorization as a doctor in Norway has taken much longer than first promised. She is scheduled to start working as a doctor in Norway on March 1. Now she’s afraid the LIS1 position will go down the drain.

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