The National Board of Health and Welfare is a government agency under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. It is the national expert and supervisory authority for activities involving the social services, public health, the prevention of infectious diseases, and health and medical care. The Boards mission, as formulated by the Government, is to deal with issues concerning health and medical care from a holistic perspective.
The Board’s mission in the health and medical care field is the continual improvement of nursing and care and the strengthening of the patients’ right to security and safety, at the national level. The Board sets goals and outlines norms by issuing provisions, guidelines and general advice. The current regulatory legislation comprises the Health and Medical Services Act, the Act on Professional Activity in Health and Medical Services, the Secrecy Act, and the Patient Records Act.
The National Board of Health and Welfare is responsible for maintaining a register of all authorised healthcare personnel (HOSP).
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