Hello!

I am a 48-year-old Member of the Parliament from Uusimaa region, in other
words from Southern Finland. I am also a Member of the City Council in the city
of Espoo. I have a doctor’s degree in medical science and more specifically, I
have specialized in internal medicine. Together with my husband, I have three
children, two of whom are at elementary school and one is studying in high
school. We also have two little dogs, Ines and Aada.

I started my parliamentary career in the beginning of March in 2018. I am a
Member of the Constitutional Law Committee as well as the Transport and
Communications Committee. I can also utilize my competencies from my previous
career as a doctor as I am a Deputy Member of the Social Affairs and Health
Committee.

As a doctor I have worked amongst primary health care as well as demanding
specialized health care. I am well aware of the challenges the both public and
the private sector face. I have worked over ten years at emergency departments.
Before I started as a Member of the Finnish Parliament, I was the head of
Haartman and Malmi emergency departments and the Social and crisis emergency
services in Helsinki. These are the biggest emergency departments in Finland.

Working at the emergency room taught me a lot about our society: what are
the factors that drive families into crises, how the children and the youth are
doing, how elderly care is working, how the loved ones of those who are in need
of special care are coping and what kind of help they need and what kind of
shortcomings our service system has.

I began with politics when our family started to use public services our
society provides on a regular basis as our children were growing up. I wanted
to give my contribution and impact on the functionality of these services
instead of just hoping for the best. The most important values to me are
justice, respecting others and caring for one another.

I spend my free time usually with my family. We do a lot of outdoor
activities together and I also jog.

I am running in the parliamentary elections in the spring 2019.

  • Elderly care must be thoroughly examined. The Elderly Services Law needs to be clarified, tightened up and supervision must be increased. The number of nurses must be evaluated in relation to the number of patients. Carers must be supported.
  • We should speed up the process of delivering mental health services to children and the youth. They should have as short queue times as possible. Early care counseling prevents marginalization and complications.
  • Teachers must have enough time to teach. Group sizes should be reasonable in day care and in schools, so that the individual needs of children can be taken into account.

Best,

Mia

mia.laiho@parliament.fi
+358 50 433646