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Finns health care reform fail: Finland government resigns over failed reforms

10 March 2019

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.

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.

Sipila was appointed prime minister by the Finnish parliament in May 2015 after his party won the general election. The government's plan involved a drastic re-organization of the way health care is administered at a local level - with control being transferred from today's 190 local authorities to 18 newly established counties - as well as a greater role for the private sector.

"My government will continue as a caretaker cabinet", Sipila told a news conference, adding he expected Finland to be able to form a government before June or July.

"I take the responsibility for the failure".

Finland PM Juha Sipila said the resignation was triggered by the acceptance of the fact that government had failed to implement health reforms during its current tenure.

The government's resignation is taking place against the backdrop of unsuccessful attempts to reform the country's health care system and social services.

Politicians in Finland were split over Sipila's decision to resign so close to the election.

The planned health care reform was meant to tackle an aging population and reduce public spending by €3 billion by 2029.

"Since elections were already set for 14 April, the resignation of the government is not a big deal at all at this point".

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Finns health care reform fail: Finland government resigns over failed reforms