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The Finnish Parliament’s social affairs and health committee discussed the social, health care and regional government reform in its meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 4 June.
The Finnish Parliament’s social affairs and health committee discussed the social, health care and regional government reform in its meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 4 June.

 

The Finnish Parliament is preparing to postpone its vote on the social, health care and regional government reform until next autumn, report YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

Speakers of the Parliament have convened to discuss the timetable of the massive reform this week, while both the government and the social affairs and health committee have weighed up the ramifications of last week’s statement by the constitutional law committee.

“There have been suggestions that the parliament should make its decision before the summer holidays. I don't think it’ll be possible. You can’t push this process through before the parliament’s regular summer recess,” Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Tuula Haatainen (SDP) commented to Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday.

The government’s objective has been to put the reform bills to a vote before the Parliament’s summer recess in June or July. The votes, however, cannot be organised until the social affairs and health committee has unveiled its statement on the reform, which is not expected to happen until next week.

Haatainen explained that the government is only drafting its response to the social affairs and health committee, which will then have to draft a thorough statement and present it to the constitutional law committee for further review.

YLE, meanwhile, reported that the committees involved in the process are prepared to work on the reform in August but that the Parliament is unlikely to vote on the bill until September.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has indicated he might dissolve the government if the social, health care and regional government reform bill fell through.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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