2nd LD: Finnish gov't resigns after healthcare reform fails

Pearl Mccarthy
March 10, 2019

The government's collapse came after Sipila failed to push through reforms that had been considered a crucial part of the country's three-party governing coalition plan to balance public finances, Efe news reported.

"Prime Minister Sipilä will request to resign because the health care reform can not be accomplished during this government term", Kaikkonen tweeted. "I take my responsibility".

There has been a hard fought struggle for the wide-reaching reform for over a decade, dividing successive governments.

Speaking to journalists at a news conference on Friday morning, Sipilä noted that the social and health care reform package and its related system of regional government was his administration's central goal.

President Sauli Niinistö accepted the resignation and asked Mr Sipila's government to continue in office until the elections.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila has offered to resign, according to a statement from the country's presidential office.

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Finland's entire government resigned Friday after the governing coalition failed to agree on the welfare state reform, just one month before elections were due to be held.

The Centre Party chair said that his coalition partners understood his reasons for proposing the government's resignation. 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.

Earlier on Friday, Finland's public broadcaster Yle said the government was about to announce that it has dropped plans for major healthcare and social services reform, citing unnamed government sources.

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.

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