The shortage of care places can lead to patient safety risks, said Emma Spak, head of the section for health care at SKR in an interview with Läkartidningen recently. At the same time, she emphasized that the nursing place issue is complex, because the number of places has also decreased as a result of conscious decisions.

The interview has caused the Hospital doctors to react. IN an open letter sent to all regular members of SKR’s board, the association’s board writes that the hospital doctors’ and SKR’s perceptions of reality fundamentally differ. As an example, the view on the lack of care places, which has been pointed out as the biggest work environment problem in the Medical Association’s work environment survey: »The focus of your rhetoric has so far been how the care places can instead become even fewer.«

However, the association is pleased with Emma Spak’s statement that »employers and the profession need to work together to find common solutions«.

»We are happy to work with you and the regions to find long-term and constructive solutions to the problems of the Swedish healthcare system. In order for us to be able to achieve success with this work, however, it is necessary that we find a common description of reality«, writes chairman Elin Karlsson, who represents the board’s case.

Among other things, she hopes for a constructive dialogue with SKR on how to find resources and working methods that enable good care regardless of the level of care. In the open letter, the hospital doctors also demand an answer to the question of how SKR as an employer organization can improve the working environment and ensure continuing education.

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