Growing cases of reported medical errors in Swedish health care system
Monday, 13 May 2013
More and more people in Sweden are reporting cases of mistreated all across the Swedish healthcare system.
According to media reports, the number of complaints received by the
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is on
Gullack Flyrén, head of one of the units that deal with complaints told
media sources that 6700 cases were reported in 2011, last year
complaints increased to 7,100 cases, meaning an increase this year.
During the first three months of 2013, 200 cases were reported, more
than in the same period last year.
conjunction with the new Patient Safety Act introduced in January 2011,
the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has
the responsibility to investigate complaints against medical officials.
But they are also surprise by the increase in the reported cases.
Gullack Flyrén however believes that the increased notifications are
great because they can lead to improvement in management and reduction
is such cases in the future, as detection improves. But she thinks that
health care should be better able to take care of themselves through
the various notifications so that they did not reach the National Board.
been criticised by those who feel that there is growing discontent in
the Swedish heath care system and which some people feel that it is
loosing it stance as one of the most efficient care systems in the
world. Beside reports of mistreatment, there are also increase reports
of waiting times, bed blocking, length of stay and constrained access
Stiernstedt, director of health and Social care within the Local
Authorities and Regions, agrees that health care providers can be
better able to manage their own complaints. But he does not see the
increase in reports to the National Board as a sign of widespread
dissatisfaction with the care system.
actually seeing this increase as a reason for self-criticism, because I
think that it may have other causes than just a growing discontent," he
by Scancomark.com Team