Millions to be invested in care for the elderly
The government wants to invest one billion kronor, or 156 million US dollars, over the next four years, to educate staff working with care for the elderly, Swedish Television News reports.
The money is to educate staff who lack formal training and need to carry out more specialised tasks. The Minister for Children and the Elderly, Maria Larsson, hopes that this will help raise the status of the jobs in elderly care, which in turn could lead to better pay. She also hopes it would attract more young people to work in this field.
But the trade union for the sector would much rather have seen the money go to more full-time positions, better working conditions and higher pay for their members.
According to Swedish Television News, another 150.000 new employees are needed in the care for elderly over the next 20 years in order to meet the demands of an aging population.