EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Karolinska universitetssjukhuset

Karolinska universitetssjukhuset

Geographic Location

Country: Sweden
Region: Stockholms län; Stockholm
Location of affected unit(s): Solna


Sector: Health / social work
Human health services
86.1 - Hospital activities

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 14-05-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 550
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

The public hospital Karolinska universitetssjukhuset announced to cut 550 jobs within its administration units at all levels. The hospital announced that they need to save nearly SEK 1 billion (€92.89 million) during 2019, and the dismissals are set out as a measure to tackle economic deficits. In April 2019, the deficit was SEK 620 million (€57,59 million). The hospital director expressed in a press release that this is an 'economic emergency' for the hospital.

The economic deficit can also be seen in the light of the recent criticism against the construction of a new hospital building for Karolinska universitetssjukhuset. The criticism has mainly been about the high cost,nearly SEK 60 billion (€5,57 billion), due to a new model used in the public procurement of the construction of the building. The model makes a private actor responsible for building, running and financing the hospital. As a reaction against the increasing costs, one of the parties in the government proposed a legislation that forbids this kind of procurement in September 2018.