The emergency hospitals in Stockholm are allocated an extra two billion by the center coalition and the Left Party.

At the same time, demands are being made to reduce the costs of administration and staff.

Emergency hospitals in Stockholm receive two billion extra of the Central Coalition and Left Party.
Emergency hospitals in Stockholm get two billion extra from the centre coalition and the Left Party.

Aida Hadžialić (S), Regional Councillor for Finance in the Stockholm Region, calls the allocation a historic reinforcement and a "rescue package."

"It is the single largest reinforcement a region has ever received, directed specifically at emergency hospitals, to ensure staffing levels, places and patient safety," she says.

It is a permanent increase in funding for hospitals, according to the center coalition and the Left Party.

Aida Hadžialić (S), Finance Regional Council in Region Stockholm calls the grant for a historic reinforcement. Archive image.
Aida Hadžialić (S), Finance Regional Council in Region Stockholm calls the grant for a historic reinforcement. Archive image.

Distributed to all hospitals

The two billion will be allocated to all the county's emergency hospitals and used in a number of different activities, such as maternity care, cancer care and for an improved reception in the emergency wards.

"It's a matter of avoiding premonition. That we should ensure that the staff is strengthened, that we should ensure that healthcare professionals have more colleagues and that we open up more care places in the long term," says Aida Hadžialić.

Hospitals in Region Stockholm have previously warned of a tough economic situation in their comments on the budget.

Recently, a number of hospitals in the region have also received severe criticism from the Health and Welfare Inspectorate, Ivo, for lack of space.

TT: Can you promise something about the lack of space in the future?

"It's about managing staffing. If we have enough people working in health care in our hospitals, we will also get more care places, short queues and provide care as needed," says Hadžialić.

"Extraordinary events"

At the same time, hospitals are now required to develop an action plan to strengthen the working environment, reduce the cost of hiring staff and administrative costs.

TT: How much do these costs need to be reduced?

"You need to work on this continuously, but right now we expect that the costs of bureaucracy and hire staff, for example, need to be reduced by about half a billion in the future," says Hadžialić.

The funding is based partly on increased tax revenues over the years that come, according to Hadžialić.

"But also that we take from a buffer that exists for extraordinary events. We believe that emergency alarms from our hospitals where patient safety cannot be guaranteed is an extraordinary situation."

Irene Svenonius (M), opposition regional council in Region Stockholm, is in favor of the extra addition to the emergency hospitals.

"The fact that Hadžialić now has to save the emergency hospitals from her own redundancy budget is an understatement. At the same time, it is good that the government is now turning under the knife and providing more money for emergency hospitals," she said in a written comment to TT.