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Extra maternity money "not enough" to re-open Sollefteå ward

Published tisdag 28 mars kl 18.45
Politician: This is not permanent money
(3:28 min)
The hospital in Sollefteå
The hospital in Sollefteå. Credit: Izabelle Nordfjell/TT

The head of the health authority in Västernorrland says the extra money for maternity care in Sweden will not suffice to re-open the maternity ward in Sollefteå.

On Tuesday, the government announced that it will allocate another SEK 500 million to improve the maternity care in Sweden. But according to Ewa Back, head of the health authority in Västernorrland county, and a representative of the Social Democrats, says this will not mean they can reverse their decision to close the maternity ward in Sollefteå.

"This is not permanent money, and you cannot start a new ward with money that you just get for a couple of years," Ewa Back told Radio Sweden.

So it will not be re-opened?

"Not with this money, at least, no it won't," she said.

(Click the sound-button to hear why they decided to close the maternity unit in Sollefteå in the first place).

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