Markus Henriksson to continue as Director General of Valvira
Docent, Markus Henriksson, specialist in psychiatry, is to continue as Director General of Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. The Prime Minister’s Office made the decision on 7 November to appoint Henriksson to the position for the period of office lasting from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2024.
Henriksson has headed Valvira since the beginning of May 2017.
Where do you plan to take Valvira, Markus Henriksson?
“Once preparation work on the National Licensing and Supervisory Authority (Luova) came to an end, it was obvious that Valvira would continue to operate as an independent authority at least for the following few years,” Director General Henriksson notes.
“The discontinuation of Luova, however, does not do away with the need for integrated development in supervision of the healthcare and social welfare sector. At Valvira, we want to continue to promote these goals in close cooperation with Regional State Administrative Agencies.”
Valvira is updating its strategy. The new strategy will be published in the first half of 2020.
“I think it’s important to examine strategic choices from a broader perspective than Valvira and to look at things from the aspect of the licensing and supervision activities of the entire healthcare and social welfare sector,” Henriksson explains.
“The most important thing is overall effectiveness. All actors in the healthcare and social welfare sector need to work together if the limited resources of official supervision are to be used efficiently and particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable.”
Markus Henriksson (b. 1958) worked for Valvira’s predecessor, the National Board of Medicolegal Affairs, as chief medical officer in 2007-2010, since when he has been with Valvira. He was earlier head of the Healthcare Supervision Unit until his appointment as Director General in 2017. Henriksson also earlier served as chief psychiatrist at the Central Military Hospital (1995–2005) and as the hospital’s medical director (2003–2005). He has also served as director of the Centre for Military Medicine (2006). He has earlier been, among other things, a researcher at the National Public Health Institute and been involved in specialist duties in preparedness.
Markus Henriksson will continue as Director-General of the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (STM’S release 7 November 2019)
For more information, please contact:
Markus Henriksson, Director General
tel. +358 295 209 300