Finland's cabinet quits over failure to deliver healthcare reform

Finland's prime minister Juha Sipila offers government's resignation over failed healthcare reforms

Finland's prime minister Juha Sipila offers government's resignation over failed healthcare reforms

Finland's government resigned on Friday (8 March) after ditching plans to reform the healthcare system, a key policy, the Finnish president's office said, throwing the country into political limbo.

The resignation came after the government's health and social care reform collapsed in parliament.

"I am accepting [the government's resignation]", Niinisto said during a brief conversation with Sipila, as aired by the MTV3 broadcaster.

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.

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Analysts said on Friday that the reform of the healthcare system, which will see it opening up to profit-seeking private operators, was too complex to be carried out in time.

The PM, a former businessman in the Information Technology field took power in May 2015 and had promised to resign if his government failed to implement the healthcare reform.

"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. He said he listened to his "inner voice".

Sipila's decision is also an admission that the government was unable to rally enough support to push its pro-market reforms through parliament.

"I take the responsibility for the failure". Sipila's center-right government resigned Friday after failing to push through a planned social and health reform. He heads a coalition made up of his Centre Party, the conservative National Coalition and Blue Reform, another conservative grouping made up of defectors from the nationalist Finns Party.

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