A strike by the Association of Academics (the “BHM”) in Iceland has disrupted many services, from hospital operations to the importation of family pets. The striking organization encompasses many occupations in that island nation, including midwives, X-ray technicians and veterinarians.
Since the strike, an estimated 180 medical operations have been postponed at Landspitali National University Hospital, including 15 involving angioplasty procedures. Some 700 patients have also had outpatient appointments postponed. Hospital officials reported that only the most pressing types of medical procedures are being performed, leaving many patients without services.
This week, Dan told me that Thelma Rut Magnusdottir told the news media that the strike has also adversely impacted her efforts to return her pet Chihuahau, “Tutzy,” back home. She moved with her dog to Norway two years ago, but decided to return Tutzy to her mother’s home in Iceland. After obtaining the necessary permits and arranging for the dog to enter quarantine upon arrival, she sent Tutzy on a flight to Keflavik International Airport. But when he arrived, the veterinarian who would normally have inspected him was unavailable due to the strike. Airport officials contacted Ms. Magnusdottir and gave her two choices: either send Tutzy back to Norway or have the little dog destroyed.
Tutzy’s owner opted to have him returned to her in Norway. But she indicated that now she must begin the entire, expensive shipment and permitting process all over from the beginning.