JHL (19.07.2016 - Heikki Jokinen) All public social welfare and health care services in Finland will be transferred from municipalities to the 18 soon to be established autonomous regions in line with the new draft legislation. More than 200,000 people will have a new employer by the beginning of 2019.
Reform of social welfare and health care services has been a long-debated issue in Finnish politics. At the end of June the centre-right Government presented their main policy objectives in a 600 page legislation package. But this is not all: more draft bills are to follow.
Drafting the legislation was a controversal issue for the Government. Prime Minister Sipilä’s Centre Party, which is strong outside the major cities, wish to establish a large number of regions with broad autonomy.
Another Government party, the National Coalition Party, was a keen advocate of the privatisation of public services and comprehensive participation of private service providers in public healthcare.