Wednesday, May 18

BUP executives critical in support of shortening queues: Short-term – News (Ekot)

-In part, it gives money to those who are able to live up to the goals and then it becomes a bit close that you give to those who already have, while those who have not, can not, get nothing. It must be the wrong way to go to begin with, says Sven Ernstsson, section manager for children and adolescent psychiatry at Kungälv Hospital in Västra Götaland.

Kids and youth psychiatry is primarily the responsibility of the regions, but ahead of the 2018 election, both the Green Party and the Social Democrats promised initiatives so that children and young people who feel bad do not have to wait for care.

So far during the term of office, just over two billion has been paid to the regions in the form of state subsidies, partly as general business support and partly performance-based funds to those who have succeeded in fulfilling the care guarantee for children and young people.

Despite an agreement between the state and the regions on a strengthened care guarantee for children and young people, which means, among other things, that a first visit must be offered within 30 days, less than half of the country’s regions can today offer it all.

Last year, only a few individual regions met the targets for initiating treatment or investigation within a further 30 days.

Only one region, the Gävleborg region, met the government’s target in 2021 in all respects and receives all parts of the performance-based state grant.

Tove Marthin is operations manager for BUP in the Västmanland region and she is also critical of how the support from the government is designed.

– The government’s accessibility funds are short-term. They are annuals or biennials. We need to make a more long-term investment in psychiatric care. The need has increased significantly in the last decade and the financial framework for this type of healthcare has not increased to a corresponding extent.

Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (S) answers that most of the health care resources come from the regions, but she believes that the government’s contribution fulfills an important function and then both general and performance-based contributions are needed:

-It is about doing both and, to both pay attention to those who constantly make improvements to increase accessibility. But the general state subsidies have also increased.

But do these performance-based funds from the government really lead to better care?

-Together with resource additions and with general government grants and we also have a number of additional. both proposals and investigations that focus on children’s and young people’s mental health, on their state of mind, to try to tackle this problem from many different angles. So it is clear that performance-based funds alone are not enough.

Victoria Gaunitz
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