The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) has suspended the operations of Ulrika Hoivakoti, a nursing home operated in Kristiinankaupunki by Esperi Care. (Credit: Mats Ekman – Lehtikuva)


THE NATIONAL Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) has suspended the operations of Hoivakoti Ulrika, a nursing home operated in Kristiinankaupunki, Western Finland, by Esperi Care.

The nursing home was ordered to suspend its operations immediately on Thursday, 24 January.

Valvira on Friday reported that the decision was made following the detection of serious discrepancies and negligences that had severely endangered the safety and well-being of the residents of the nursing home. One resident, for example, is believed to have died due to a failure to refer them immediately to hospital care after falling down.

The decision signals the first time a private service provider has been ordered to temporarily suspend the operations of its unit by Valvira.

The situation at the nursing home was described as an acute crisis to Helsingin Sanomat on Friday by Reija Kauppi, a legal advisor at Valvira. Esperi Care, she added, is also under a wider investigations as similar issues – caused primarily by understaffing – have been reported in dozens of its other units across the country.

The staff at Ulrika Hoivakoti had issued a strike warning in protest of the understaffing, which had resulted in problems such as the staff administering wrong medications, being unable to shower patients more than once a week and being unable to move patients from bed. 

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi