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Binding regulations are needed on human resources
in old people's care

JHL (01.09.2011 - Juhani Artto) An act on how to ensure that elderly people get the care they need is under preparation. A draft was finalized back in the spring but it was not sent to the Parliament prior to the Parliamentary elections held in April. The new government promises in its programme to bring its proposed law before the new Parliament. However, it will not be the draft from last spring as Maria Guzenina-Richardson, the Minister of Health and Social Services wants changes to the draft.

Discussion on how to develop the draft is now going on. Teija Asara-Laaksonen, the 2. Vice President of the JHL, mentions two elements lacking from the draft. According to her the act should include binding regulations on the minimum size of human resources in the open services and on the self-determination of the elderly people in question.

She explains that binding regulations are needed especially in the present economically insecure circumstances. As the municipalities are responsible for the care of old people the State must consider its own decisions so that municipalities are left with sufficient economic resources to respond to their obligations, Asara-Laaksonen insists.

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