The Finnish government should finalise its bill to reform social and health care services in collaboration with the opposition parties, views Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance.
Andersson argues in a press release that the opposition parties should be invited to participate in the legislative work because most of the implementation steps will be performed by the next government after the reform schedule was moved back to the beginning of 2020.
“[Prime Minister Juha] Sipilä’s (Centre) government does not have the justification to continue the reform process without parliamentary co-operation,” she states.
Sipilä has insisted on finalising the reform bill without input from the opposition.
Andersson also claims that the legislative process has taken “an odd turn”.
“The social and health care reform has been associated with exceptional and shameless politicising as proposals that were known to be in violation of the constitution have been pushed forward by force,” she slams.
The Left Alliance has collected 20,000 signatures for a petition for “a more just” social and health care reform and devised an implementation roadmap for the newly appointed Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Annika Saarikko (Centre).
The opposition party has expressed its reservations about granting patients greater freedom to choose their social and health care provider and shifting towards a more market-based system of producing services. It has also demanded that social and health care fees be reduced.
It is not, however, opposed to the regional administration reform and proposes that the first regional elections be held in conjunction with the next parliament elections in the spring of 2019.
“Organising the elections only after the reform is completed and everyone understands the consequences of the elections would be the best way to realise democracy. It would also be a way to abide by the Council of Europe’s recommendation that the elections be organised no sooner than a year after the associated legislation has been finalised,” writes Andersson.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi