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Finland's government resigns over failed health care reform

Finland's prime minister Juha Sipila offers government's resignation over failed healthcare reforms Finland govt resigns
Patty Aguilar | 10 March, 2019, 20:28

He said there was no other way out of the situation hence chose to take responsibility.

Officials said the resignation was mainly due to the virtual failure of the coalition government's plan to reform the public healthcare system, which has been crucial to the ruling coalition's plan to balance public finances.

"The social welfare and healthcare reform was one of our government's most important objectives", Sipila said at a press conference.

"Prime Minister Sipila tendered the government's resignation today citing the collapse of the health and social care reform, even though the real reason was the decline in the popularity of Sipila and his Center Party", Finns Party member of parliament Ville Tavio said in an emailed statement.

The news comes as Finland prepares to hold parliamentary elections on 14 April to determine the composition of the nation's 200-seat legislature, the Eduskunta assembly.

"Prime Minister Sipila will request his resignation because the health care reform can not be accomplished during this government term", Antti Kaikkonen wrote on Twitter.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto accepted the resignation of the government led by centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila, national broadcaster Yle reported. He added that resigning had been "his personal decision".

The Social Democrats have been leading opinion polls in the run-up to the election, with Sipila's Centre party trailing in third place at around 15 percent.

This reform could have taken the annual growth of social and health care costs between 2019 and 2029 to 0.9% down from the current 2.4% which made the Opposition to launch an onslaught on the government over the failure.

Sipila had previously said he would dissolve his centre-right coalition government if it failed to push through its healthcare and local government reform.

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