• Sweden edition
 
Swedish nurses up in arms over doc's extra pay

Swedish nurses up in arms over doc's extra pay

Published: 11 Jan 2012 07:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Jan 2012 07:33 GMT+01:00

“We don’t begrudge doctors earning money. But we are upset that they get it all and we get nothing,” said nurse Ulrika Håkansson to local paper Östgöta Correspondenten.

Urban Säfvenberg, who heads the hospital’s ER unit, understands that the nurses are upset but stressed that the payment the doctor received over Christmas follows deals struck between the county council and the physicians’ unions.

“This is nothing that I have negotiated,” he told the paper.

The doctor got called in on short notice and is be paid double the normal fee for that day, according to union agreements.

On top of that, physicians are paid extra over the holidays, which led to the doctor in question getting six times his hourly wage as an incentive to work overnight on Christmas.

The nurses, on the other hand, were told they had to work.

There aren’t enough experienced nurses to go around, and despite having worked last Christmas and being scheduled to work on New Year’s, Håkansson was told she was obliged.

The nurses who were drafted in were given 40 kronor extra per hour - at total of 440 kronor - to change their schedule to work overnight at Christmas rather than a regular night.

According to Håkansson, it seems obvious that doctors get their demands met as the county council are loathe to lose them.

“Why does no one seem to care about the bad conditions making experienced nurses leave their jobs?” she asked the paper.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

08:47 January 11, 2012 by HYBRED
The nurse's here are overworked and could have used some extra pay. However doctors are a little higher in the food chain, and are overworked as well.
09:13 January 11, 2012 by engagebrain
the doctor on call received an extra 30 000 for the christmas weekend

that is more than the average monthly wage
09:59 January 11, 2012 by StockholmSam
Occupy ER!
10:54 January 11, 2012 by lahlily
calling all swedish nurses: go to the US ... my aunt makes 70,000 usd as a RN in a smalltown hospital in the south and my mom, an RN too, makes 50,000 working in the local University clinic.
11:29 January 11, 2012 by Puffin
Well the amount for the doctor seems very strange - however there are a few things that the article didn't really clarify:

- was this a doctor on the staff or an agency doctor? If you call a medical stffing agency at short notice you are going to pay HUGE amounts than it was a doctor on staff

- how long did the doctor work? Most nursing shifts are limited to 8 hours - but I personally know of some hospitals require doctors to work 25 hour shifts on weekends and holidays

- was this a flat rate or pay by results? Many hospitals thought it would be a good way to save money to pay doctors a very low flat rate to be at the hospital and then pay for each patient seen - but on a really busy shift the costs are dramatically high
13:03 January 11, 2012 by zooeden
Get used to that and less, nurses!!!
13:40 January 11, 2012 by dizzy09
they should look on the bright side that at least they have a job.
14:05 January 11, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
...sounds a bit like a latter-day version of Aesop's fable "The Lion's Share".....
17:26 January 11, 2012 by Migga
The nurses aren`t up in arms over what the doctors are payed, they are up in arms over what they aren`t payed.
23:07 January 11, 2012 by VicTaulic
Health care costs are driven by greedy nurses and staff. I want the million dollar-a-year surgeon to operate on me, not the 70,000 dollar a year one. As for nurses, I want the prettiest ones, not the ones making the most money.
02:06 January 12, 2012 by Just_Kidding
Educate more doctors if you don't want to beg for their services.
11:16 January 12, 2012 by kenny8076
perhaps if you want to make doctor pay......BECOME A DOCTOR!!!! Swedes kill me with this, always want to be equal to people that have done more and sacrificed more to be where they are..... Doctors went to school longer and they contribute more to society....... thats how things work in the world, you DO MORE you get PAID MORE...
19:24 January 13, 2012 by james_g
Yes, but, kenny8076 old chap, the question is how MUCH more!!!
00:49 January 14, 2012 by kenny8076
@JAMES.... there is no question.... if you want the DOCTOR pay.... become a DOCTOR!!! should a division 4 hockey player be paid the same as an Elitserien player simply because they play the same sport? define more.... would you have been satisfied if it was only the doctor being paid 4 times more instead of 6 times more? the pay IS WHAT IT IS, if you want it..... do what it takes to get it...... dont be a nurse for 15 years when you have had every chance to be more and then get mad when the people that have done more GET more..... like the picture shows on the article..... the nurse is pushing a patient down the hall..... chances are she is pushing the patient to a doctor that is getting ready to do major work on them.... why should pushing a patient to a doctor getting ready to do open heart surgery warrant you to "near same pay"?,,,,, BE A DOCTOR!!!
14:54 January 17, 2012 by si
Ahh Kenny your inconsequencial burblings are completely random. Are you wearing your Maroon hat today ?
14:00 January 19, 2012 by haberdave
Ridiculous decisions are made everyday by intelligent people for many, many unjustified reasons. If you think it's bad in Sweden...be happy...take a look at the United States.
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
Reinfeldt in US for first post-election speech
Fredrik Reinfeldt after a previous meeting in the US. Photo: TT

Reinfeldt in US for first post-election speech

Outgoing Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is at a UN climate summit in New York where he is making his first public appearance since election night. READ  

Elections 2014
Loophole lets neo-Nazis onto Swedish councils
Members of the Party of the Swedes march in central Stockholm in August 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Loophole lets neo-Nazis onto Swedish councils

Two neo-Nazis who received only a handful of votes have won seats on Swedish councils thanks to a kink in the country’s election laws. READ  

Assange extradition battle
Sweden pours doubt on Assange extradition
Julian Assange is currently living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Photo: TT

Sweden pours doubt on Assange extradition

Swedish prosecutors said it was "far-fetched" to think that fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be extradited to the United States if he returned to Sweden, in a statement released on Tuesday. READ  

Police drop case of thief caught on camera
Happier times at Park Lane: Charles Simonyi and Lisa Persdotter celebrate thier wedding in 2008. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/Scanpix

Police drop case of thief caught on camera

Damning video evidence and an apology from an alleged thief’s daughter were not enough to convince police that a well-known criminal had stolen hundreds of thousands of kronor worth of equipment from one of Gothenburg’s most popular night spots. READ  

Opinion
Sweden 'missed' global opportunities
Sweden's outgoing Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. Photo: TT

Sweden 'missed' global opportunities

As Stefan Löfven attempts to form a coalition government, Social Democrat MEP Jytte Guteland says her party needs to focus on Sweden's international image. READ  

National
Politics 'most shared' topic in Sweden
Photo: Shutterstock

Politics 'most shared' topic in Sweden

Swedes are more likely to share posts or articles on politics than on any other issues, according to a new report from Mid Sweden University. READ  

National
Fears schoolboy murdered in Sweden
Photo: TT

Fears schoolboy murdered in Sweden

Police in Halmstad say the results of forensic tests suggest a 16-year-old boy found dead in a creek was murdered. READ  

National
Elk hunters risk injury in Sweden’s woods
Hunter Ingela Olsson loads her rifle at sunrise in Norrbölla, northern Sweden. File photo: Gunnar Lundmark/SvD/Scanpix

Elk hunters risk injury in Sweden’s woods

Sweden’s vast annual elk hunt spells danger not just for the majestic animals but also for hunters, with crumbling towers and over-tiredness just two of the season’s perils. READ  

Malmö
Rat invasion closes Malmö preschool
Rats like this one have been found in a kindergarten. Photo: TT

Rat invasion closes Malmö preschool

Children in central Malmö are staying at home on Tuesday after a rat infestation was discovered at their kindergarten. READ  

National
Sweden's benefit agency site restored
Photo: TT

Sweden's benefit agency site restored

UPDATED: Sweden's Social Insurance Agency website is working again after being out of action since Monday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Property of the week - Torslanda
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: September 20th
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Blog updates

22 September

Welcome National Geographic! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"What comes to mind when you think of the “The Arctic”? Crystal-encased cliffs jutting from the sea, baronial Polar bears scavenging over sheets of cracked ice or a lone explorer heading north into the night. The image my mind invokes is of three sparkling green lines splashed across the sky like graffiti— the Aurora Borealis— our..." READ »

 

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 
 
 
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

858
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN