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Demands for tighter control of elderly care

Published lördag 12 november 2011 kl 14.40

The leader of the Social Democrats, Håkan Juholt, wants political parties from both blocks to make an agreement about elderly care in Sweden. And the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, a business lobby organization, is demanding sharper quality control and closures of private elderly care facilities that fail to meet targets.

Juholt writes in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Saturday that the reason why reports of abuse never stop is because politicians do not take responsibility and instead point fingers at employees, agencies, communities, and healthcare companies. He calls for a broad political agreement to ensure quality and mandate that venture capital companies that run on maximizing profits do not operate tax-financed elderly care.

In newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Anders Morin, from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, writes that the most important step is to strengthen quality controls. He argues that the companies that want to run healthcare facilities need to be properly investigated before hand to ensure competence and financial health.

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