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Two opposition parties call confidence vote in government over health and elder care

The Centre and Movement Now parties said they want to ensure public services remain available.

Harry Harkimo (MN), Antti Kurvinen (Cen) and Annika Saarikko (Cen).
Harry Harkimo (MN), Antti Kurvinen (Cen) and Annika Saarikko (Cen) at a press conference in parliament held to announce their confidence motion called on health and elder care. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva
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The Centre Party and Movement Now have called a confidence vote in the government over its handling of social, healthcare and eldercare.

The move was announced on Wednesday at a press conference held by the Centre's parliamentary group leader Antti Kurvinen, the party's leader Annika Saarikko and Movement Now chair Harry Harkimo.

Saarikko said that wellbeing services counties need more time to balance their budgets and reduce their deficits. The current obligation to balance budgets within two years is too stringent, according to the Centre.

Harkimo said it was impossible at a time when Finland is short of around 12,000 nurses.

"Every county is cutting back and firing nurses, does that help in this situation?" asked Harkimo.

Kurvinen said that the confidence motion had not been discussed with the other opposition parties, i.e. the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Social Democratic Party.

"We put forward a confidence motion with like-minded parties," said Kurvinen.

The Social Democrats' parliamentary group leader Tytti Tuppurainen, said on X (formerly Twitter), that her party is ready to negotiate and co-operate on a confidence motion supported by all opposition parties.

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