Thursday’s newspapers: Nursing strike, defense spending, new reception centers

Ilta-Sanomat is among the magazines reportage that on Wednesday night, following the rejection of a proposal by a national labor market mediator, some 25,000 nurses and other health care workers will leave in six hospital districts on Friday at 6 p.m.

The strike has been called by the municipal associations Tehy and SuPer, and it concerns the hospital districts of and Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Southwest Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia, Northern Savonia and .

SuPer and Tehy are committed to providing emergency care services to protect patients ’lives and prevent permanent, serious injuries.

However, according to employers, negotiations between hospital districts and workers’ organizations have not resulted in a formal agreement on the conditions for continuing emergency care.

Ilta-Sanomat writes that the chief doctors of the hospital districts affected by the strike also said in their joint statement that the care resources promised by Tehy and SuPer are not enough for all the necessary first aid. They added that treatment in the emergency and emergency departments is under threat.

Juhani SandThe chief doctor of Tampere University Central Hospital said that the strike will have a serious impact on services.

"In practice, this means, for example, that various cancer surgeries cannot be performed now, at least when the strike begins and the situation is chaotic. The wards are full and there are not enough nurses," Sand said.

University Central Hospital said on Tuesday that it is preparing for the strike by terminating non-emergency services and is in contact with patients whose appointment hours are being changed.

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) is also prepared to postpone all temporary first aid treatments.

Evening paper write that unions are angry, employers are worried, and both sides are disappointed when no agreement was reached in the pay-time dispute.

Director of the RK of the local and national employers’ organization, Markku Jalonentold the newspaper that employers would have been willing to accept the compromise proposal in the public interest.

Tehy, President of the Social and Health Association Millaikka Rytkönensaid he was angry at how the medical staff was treated.

"I am very shocked that they are receiving this praise from society for stretching themselves during a pandemic. Indeed, they have been dressed in heroic robes by more than one person, most recently by decision-makers before the last municipal elections. These people don’t see nurses the way" Rytkönen said.

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Increasing defense spending is supported

Central Finland from carry the results of the survey A news group in Finland shows that the majority of voters are in favor of an immediate increase in the country’s defense spending.

Three out of four respondents to the survey said they were in favor of increasing spending. A clear majority, 60 per cent, was in favor of increasing defense spending this year, while 15 per cent would increase spending later.

Only nine per cent believe that defense spending should not be increased.

By Pete PiirainenSenior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Foreign Policy, the results reflect the changed policy situation.

" believe that this is a country worth defending," The pie said.

The survey also showed that support for increasing spending increases with age.

About 55 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds would increase their spending, compared to 87 percent of those over 70.

"Older generations want to leave a safe country for future generations," this is how Piirainen interpreted this discovery.

Johanna Rainio-Niemi, An assistant professor of political history at the University of Helsinki says that the ethos of a strong national defense is a special feature of Finnish society. For this reason, the results of the survey are not surprising. He added that a strong defense has been considered important in Finland since the .

"Investing in defense has been at the heart of our national identity since . There has been a strong political consensus on this, and the current situation is a continuation of it." Rainio-Niemi pointed out.

New reception centers

Tampereen reports The Finnish Immigration Service will set up more new reception centers to serve and accommodate Ukrainians fleeing the war in their homeland.

New reception centers will be established in Jyväskylä and Salo, which will accommodate 150 arrivals in Jyväskylä and 250 in Salo.

These new centers will be operational next week at the latest.

Listen to our latest All Points North podcast to find out more about what Finland is doing to help thousands of asylum seekers in the country.

Source: The Nordic Page

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