health service

Concern as youth psychiatry clinic is privatized

Parents of children who are patients at a northwestern Stockholm county Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic (BUP) as well as employees, are concerned that patients' needs will not be met when the clinic in Järva becomes privatized in May.

"I'm really afraid of what will happen to my son," says Caridad, mother of a six year old boy with multiple diagnoses to P4 Radio Stockholm. "He has ADHD and is currently treated with medicine and therapy. But with the new management, his therapist will be fired."

The new company Prima Barn AB, has made it clear that they will employ their own staff and fire all current employees at the clinic.

Birgitta Rydberg, Liberal party politician in the Stockholm County Council told Radio Sweden she welcomes different actors in the the health care sector.

Prima Barn's business model consists of more doctors and nurses, but fewer social workers, psychologists and counsellors than BUP uses today. They have a more medical focus which gives them a higher compensation from the county council. They get no compensation for social services and counselling services, according to Swedish Radio.