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Minister touts new health system watchdog

Minister touts new health system watchdog

Published: 09 Sep 2012 12:14 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Sep 2012 12:14 GMT+02:00

The budget has been set for a new public agency tasked with tracking errors in the Swedish healthcare system, with health minister Göran Hägglund saying the agency's 651 million kronor ($98.5 million) budget will help improve Swedes' trust in the health system.

The new agency, the Inspektionen för vård och omsorg ('Health and Welfare Inspectorate) is set to open in the summer of 2013, and the government has now confirmed its annual budget.

Part of the budget for the new authority will be taken from the National Board for Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), as part of that agency's duties will be moved over to the new inspection authority.

The reason for starting the new authority is to have better overview of the mistakes made in Swedish healthcare, said Sweden's minister for health and social affairs, Göran Hägglund.

"We want inspections to improve. This is an important part of our work with patient safety, checking up on the mistakes that have been made in order to build the trust that healthcare needs to have, and to be able to learn from the mistakes that are made," said Hägglund to the TT news agency.

"We'll be taking money from the National Board for Health and Welfare. Since they're losing part of their duties, it only makes sense that their budget is changed," said Hägglund, but wouldn't say how much of the board's budget would be affected.

The new healthcare system watchdog will have inspectors placed throughout Sweden, but its headquarters will be in Stockholm.

The government has set aside 376 million kronor to fund the agency in 2013, when it is expected to be in operation for about half the year. Thereafter, the government expects the agency's annual budget to be 651 million kronor.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:20 September 9, 2012 by swinglish
With a budget like that they will be able to have some great parties, oops I meant conferences.
15:33 September 9, 2012 by cogito
Not to mention all the great vacations, oops, study-trips they will take to Miami, Sydney and Singapore.
16:13 September 9, 2012 by willyinstockholm
Thanks God that government realizes how corrupted is healthcare and hospital systems in Sweden.

Look, yearly 700 million kronor budget from the tax payers money to inspect the drunken doctors community. I suspect if this money even is enough for their annual vacations trips, oops conferences . Next year they claim to triple this budget..
18:26 September 9, 2012 by Scepticion
As number 1-3 point out, yet another useless bureaucratic institution that will find nothing better to do than put more pressure on doctors for reports and reports that will end up in drawers. Give the money to the doctors and the hospital so they can employ more people. Ok, still have to figure out a decent way to get nurses, doctors etc. from not going to fika and lunch breaks in the middle of their work. Sweden in general needs to shape up its work ethics with personal responsibility and not more bureaucratic time-wasters.
20:03 September 9, 2012 by Iraniboy
I wonder how many people will die due to negligence until they actually start in summer 2013 and what else they can do except reporting to the government "We need more doctors!"
20:26 September 9, 2012 by willyinstockholm
@ Scepticion: I think the problem is not really the quantity with regard to the number of doctors and nurses. Sweden is not a big country and there are not many sick people compared to other countries here.

The problem is that the health care system is extremely lazy and spoiled. Their rules and regulation are from almost 50 years ago and their so called "mafia" will not let easily let to change them.

The doctors have one of the highest salaries in Sweden and they really don't deserved it compared to their service to society.

I had a problem with my teeth once and I went to Folktandvården in Solna. The people dentists were extremely unfriendly and it they were just playing with me around 18 months and I payed a huge amount of fee for everytime visit and finally I got fed up to do my operation in a private clinic. I just realized some of the dentists were not happy with 60,000 kr salaries per month and were working extar in private clinics to get more money. That was they were very busy and not have time for me.

I think it's better instead of giving this 700 million kronor for this watchdog organization, government cut the hospital budget 700 million kronor so the hospitals fire lazy doctor and nurses who are burden and not efficient.
22:43 September 9, 2012 by Abe L
More money isn't going to solve the problem. Public naming and shaming of doctors that let patients die and a lifelong ban of ever executing the occupation does. As a person with close to zero faith in the Swedish healthcare system that is what would give me more faith in it, not more money to the people who are supposed to oversee the system. Such overseeing bodies usually fail and are horrible at taking responsibility for consequences of their actions.
10:40 September 10, 2012 by Great Scott
@ Abe L

So reading your comment your solution is just to let people die then name and shame, Great! that really solves the problem.

It is also very clear that many people here are not aware of the reason for health failures in Sweden. Of course there is no excuse for anybody leaving during an operation unless a substitute can be found. However huge cuts have been made by the current incompetent government. They have closed hospital wards and departments putting pressure on other facilities, reduced the number of doctors and nurses, they have taken away all funding for assistant nurse training. In some areas of Sweden it can be a 1 - 2 hour drive to the nearest appropriate hospital, so it can take up to 4 hours for an ambulance to get a dying person to hospital. This latest loony idea from the government is just moving money from one area to another, what the heath service needs is full founding so it can operate efficiently.

These people do a fantastic job and all you want to do is crucify them, everybody makes mistakes so why keep kicking these people, did you kick the bankers, nooooooooooo, because they are still laughing at you.
12:57 September 10, 2012 by cogito
@#8

Swedish healthcare was even shoddier when the Social Democrats held power.

But it was covered up by the media because almost all Swedish journalists were members of guess-which-party.
13:37 September 10, 2012 by willyinstockholm
@ Great Scott:

How were those doctor and nurses who were cut down? I swear they have been the most fresh and recently educated employees with a modern education who have been cut down: because of the stupid rule of the unions in Sweden: "Last In First out".

Therefore, the old, lazy, incompetent generation of employees are always protected by law and they just laugh at the system. I think the best thing will be to cut those "Inefficient" people.

If we are honest, how long the hospital people work efficiently: most of the time, they are having fika, parties, lunch etc which show they are not committed to the patients.
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