Public hospital Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset announced its plans to dismiss 600 job positions. The decision affects 250 medical doctors, 250 nurses and 100 employees working within administrative units that provide supporting services. Trade unions show concern over the safety of patients and the well-being of the hospital personnel, considering the prospected increase of workload for the remaining employees.
The restructuring event results from the reorganisation of the healthcare system in the county of Stockholm. Indeed, the hospital's new role revolves around the increased provision of specialised healthcare, while other healthcare providers in the county take over some functions which were previously provided by the hospital. As a matter of fact, the hospital announced the dismissal of 550 job positions in spring 2019. These restructuring events have decreased the hospital's profitability, whose economic deficit in 2019 is estimated to reach SEK 1.6 billion.