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Ageing population and increasingly complex pathologies put the Swedish healthcare system to the test.

Primary care and hospitals have difficulties both in recruiting and keeping healthcare professionals. This results in booming staff costs, lacking availability of health services and decreased efficacy. A third of resources are wasted on ineffective collaboration, inadequate systems and processes.

The current situation puts the existing personnel under pressure and sick leaves are on the rise. When under high pressure, the actions that healthcare personnel leave out first are: informing patients and relatives, proactive planning and speaking to the patient. As a potential consequence, patient safety is being endangered.

In collaboration with the Swiss Embassy to Sweden, we invited patients, politicians, union representatives, doctors, nurses and many more to discuss how Sweden can fill the gap between demand and supply of qualified healthcare personnel.

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