6 January 2011
Our colleagues in Finland have been working hard to persuade the Minister for Health and Social Affairs to establish a centralised system for SCI treatment, rehabilitation and life-long care. Inspired by the ESCIF policy statement and the report on centralisation presented in Lobbach, and supported by SCI experts from other parts of Scandinavia, the Finnish SCI consumer organisation Akson Ry seems to have succeeded in their mission. A proposal to establish 3 dedicated SCI units connected to university hospitals in different parts of the country is currently undergoing a hearing process.
In response to a request from the organisation, ESCIF wrote to the minister expressing support for the plan:
ESCIF is convinced that your proposal is a truly forward-looking example of best practice in SCI care that will have many positive repercussions for the rehabilitation and reintegration of persons living with SCI.