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Government proposes to gradually increase minimum staffing level in services for older people 

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 17.11.2022 13.57 | Published in English on 18.11.2022 at 15.12
Press release

On 17 November, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal for gradually increasing the minimum staffing level in 24-hour care for older people. According to the proposal, the minimum staffing level would be 0.65 employees per client as from 1 April 2023 and 0.7 employees per client as from 1 December 2023.

The funding allocated to the wellbeing services counties for implementing the minimum staffing level would not change as a result of this so that measures could be taken in the counties to improve the availability of personnel. The increase in the level of funding level for 2023 would be EUR 128 million.

A total of 37 comments were received on the draft government proposal. As a rule, the objective of the proposal was considered good in the current staff situation. Some of the consulted stakeholders considered that the proposed timetable for increasing the minimum staffing level was not long enough, while others hoped that the increased minimum level would enter into force sooner. Many of the comments stressed that improving the sufficiency and availability of personnel also calls for other measures.


Satu Karppanen, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 163 549
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