Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Finland government resigns over failure of healthcare reform

Finland government resigns over failure of healthcare reform

Sipila's center-right government resigned Friday after failing to push through a planned social and health reform. Earlier on Friday, Finland's broadcaster Yle announced that the government dropped its plans for major healthcare and social services reform, citing anonymous sources.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila officially offered his government's resignation to the president on Friday morning and was accepted, the president's office said.

The PM, a former businessman in the Information Technology field took power in May 2015 and had promised to resign if his government failed to implement the healthcare reform.

Claims that the reforms would bring three billion euros ($3.3 billion) of savings to the country's welfare bill have also been repeatedly called into question.

President Sauli Niinisto has asked the government to continue as a transition Cabinet until a new administration is appointed.

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"Prime Minister Juha Sipila has submitted the resignation of the government to President of the Republic Sauli Niinisto. today", Niinisto's office said in an announcement made just five weeks ahead of legislative elections scheduled for April 14. "I take my responsibility".

The government will hold a news conference at 0845 GMT.

Member of parliament Kalle Jokinen, from the conservative National Coalition Party - a partner in Sipila's government - said it would have been better to see a working government in place up until the election.

Sipilä said that the government would have folded in any event if it failed to push the flagship measure through.

During a press briefing shortly after tendering in the resignation request, Sipila said he made the decision after consultations with Parliament proved there was no chance of pushing the prioritised reforms through during the current tenure.

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