"There will be a need for broad solutions and agreements on major issues such as the economy. As we rule in a minority, we want to see broader working practices across the party borders, "said Kaisa Karro (S), newly elected chairman of the regional government.
The Minority Board – consisting of the Social Democrats, the Party of the Environment, the Center and the Liberals – does not have a majority in the regional council or regional government, but support from any opposition party is needed to get through the policy.
On Wednesday, the new regional councils held in Koalition for Östergötland Press meeting where they presented four goals for the forthcoming term of office. A strengthening of health centers, efforts to meet more with mental health earlier, more active climate and environmental work and work to create a more attractive work environment.
Large retirement wages await and the Coalition wants to offer elderly doctors to stay as mentors for younger employees, thus bringing more skills to new generations.
"The efforts should be made within the economic framework, they do not mean that we will address anything else or make deterioration," says Alexander Höglund, Liberal Regional Council.
Agneta Niklasson (MP) is more careful.
"There is no deterioration, of course, we can not guarantee, but we are working to maintain good health care. But it must be remembered that Östergötland has very good medical care.
One of the initiatives is to reduce the queues to psychiatry by making it easier to get help with easier mental health. The health centers already have this mission, but politicians want to be clear that they want to strengthen care and give more nurses more education. One way to reach young patients is by, for example, chatting on the internet.
– Psychological ill health is increasing among young people. In a life crisis it is very important with some kind of support, it may be that you visit a health center, but as well, the contact is made through a chat, for example, says Kerstin Sjöberg.
That more people seek help via the network believe politicians can be a way to shorten healthcare queues and increase accessibility.
"We know that healthcare centers are struggling with major inequalities on the phone and that there are attempts at City Hall Söder in Norrköping where drop-in was introduced to make it easier for patients," says Kaisa Karro (S).