Today, 26 November 2012, Sweden and India have signed a social insurance agreement that makes it easier for Swedish citizens to work in India and for Indian citizens to work in Sweden.
The Government has established a special coordination function at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to support work on the Governments action plan for targeted initiatives in the area of mental illness. Anders Printz has been tasked with leading the function at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt today presented the main programme points for the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2013. The programme focuses on young people's social exclusion. Areas under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs that will be discussed include children's rights, elderly care, social insurance and the construction sector.
Minister for Children and the Elderly studied the situation of children in Asia
The rights of the child were the focus during Minister for Children and the Elderly Maria Larsson's visit to Thailand and Vietnam. With increased Swedish knowledge of children's situation, Sweden and the two countries will be in a position to develop their cooperation. Ms Larsson visited Asia on 29 September-7 October.
The Government has appointed Michael Anefur as National Homelessness Coordinator for the period 2012-2013. He will support municipalities to create a long-term, sustainable structure and efficient routines in their efforts to combat homelessness and exclusion from the housing market, and to prevent evictions, particularly of families with children.
Public health policy with people at the centre
People are at the centre in the new public health communication that the Government presented to the Riksdag. In it, the Government sets out the direction of public health policy. One starting point of the communication is to use the individuals own power and capacity to define their health and formulate any problems they may have. Other actors are to help find solutions.
On 14 June 2012, a proposal was referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration containing draft regulations based on the proposals of the Child Protection Inquiry to strengthen support and protection for children and young people who risk being neglected or abused. This will result in amendments to the current Social Services Act, which will regulate society's responsibility for children and young people receiving care away from home.
It is proposed that this bill enter into force on 1 January 2013.
All countries that have acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child are to submit a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child every fifth year on their efforts to implement the Convention. The Government submitted its report to the UN on 31 August 2012. The Government's assessment in this report is that Swedish legislation is well in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child but that the application of this legislation must be further ensured.
eHealth in focus for Swedish delegation in Copenhagen
During the World of Health IT (WoHIT) Conference in Copenhagen, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs arranged a programme for a Swedish delegation of 150 participants. The Swedish model and the national strategy for eHealth in health care and social services were presented at the Swedish Pavilion.
The new government agency, the National Government Service Centre, opened its doors to the public on 1 June 2012. The National Government Service Centre offers administrative support services to other government agencies. The aim is to achieve higher productivity, lower costs for joint investments and more consistent quality for the central government as a whole.