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
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
obligations, Asara-Laaksonen insists.