These elections are about equality, non-discrimination and health for everyone living in Finland.
In the county elections in January, we will elect decision-makers for the 21 wellbeing services counties for the first time. They will be responsible for organising social, health and emergency and rescue services in their county from the beginning of 2023, when the health and social services reform comes into effect.
The focus of these new elections is on everyone’s right to health, care, and safety. The elections are about the human rights of people in vulnerable positions, such as children, young people, the unemployed, people with disabilities, the chronically ill, people with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as the elderly, and about finding a solution to the labour shortage in the social and health care sector. In addition, the elections are about the service level of emergency and rescue services and shortening their response time in the event of an emergency.
The goal of the Left Alliance is that equitable, high-quality and timely services are available for all people living in Finland, across the country. We want to decrease disparities in wellbeing between different population groups and reduce the backlog in care and other services caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We demand that services will be available nearby after the reform.
We all depend on the hundreds of thousands of professionals who work every day for our health and wellbeing. However, the shortage of labour in the social and health care sector already affects people’s access to care and services. Solutions must be sought to ensure sufficient staffing by raising wages and improving working conditions, terms of employment, and management. Employees should be given the opportunity to have a say in developing their own work.
Voters will decide in the upcoming elections how and on whose terms services will be built and on what terms people will work. We want everyone to be healthy and well, regardless of wealth. We want every employee to have good and fair working conditions and a living wage.