Doctors, economists and lawyers employed at hospitals went on strike on 7 September 2016. The workers had been negotiating with hospital management concerning working hours, and especially the working hours for the doctors, but did not reach an agreement. 628 members of the trade union Akademikerne (The Academics) were on strike in 15 different hospitals. On 11 October 2016, Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie of the Conservative Party, ordered an end to Norway’s longest hospital strike ever due to the concern that the hospitals could not provide sufficient medical assistance. All striking doctors and other medical professionals were ordered back to work immediately and the dispute must now be settled through compulsory arbitration.