Gerd Ersdal

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The purpose of this paper is to study major accidents in the petroleum industry and their effects on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory regimes and industrial actors. Our cases are: Piper Alpha (1988), Texas City refinery (2005), Montara (2009), and Deepwater Horizon (2010) representing accidents of major historical influence or with an assumed(More)
The cottage hospital model may be defined as an intermediary service between primary care and the general hospital. On the basis of experience and studies from Finnmark county, the northern-most county in Norway, this article makes a case for a revival of the cottage hospitals. They may improve comprehensive patient care and cooperation between care levels,(More)
BACKGROUND In 2002 the Norwegian Board of Health made a survey of the accessibility of general practitioners in Troms county in North Norway. MATERIAL AND METHODS In a telephone interview one secretary in each surgery informed about telephone response time, planned time for telephone consultations, recorded numbers of urgent consultations, and waiting(More)
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