Kiuru puzzled by accusations of fellow committee members

Krista Kiuru (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee, says the committee concluded its work on the social, health care and regional government reform in good spirits.

Krista Kiuru (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee, has voiced her surprise at the accusations made against her by her fellow committee members - writes

Six of her fellow committee members issued a complaint last week accusing her of abusing her power to delay the social, health care and regional government reform. The complaint was signed by Hannakaisa Heikkinen, Niilo Keränen, Ulla Parviainen, Pekka Puska and Martti Talja of the Centre, as well as Vesa-Matti Saarakkala of the Blue Reform.

Kiuru on Friday insisted that the committee concluded its work on the reform bill in collaborative and positive spirits.

“My surprise was huge when I noticed the remarks of the Centre’s members in the Social Affairs and Health Committee, which in no way reflect the positive atmosphere of the meeting today,” she wrote on Facebook.

“The most insufferable aspect of politics is when it’s not the issues but rather the people that are in disagreement. That’s when you start looking for someone else to blame and using whatever means possible to direct attention in their direction. We’ve seen the same story play out throughout the spring.”

Kiuru argued that there would have been no problems if the government had drafted the reform-related bills in accordance with regular legislative procedures to ensure the bills are in compliance with the constitution.

“Prime Minister [Juha] Sipilä (Centre) said in issuing his official announcement that the committee would be allowed to continue its work uninterrupted and that the new schedules would allow for thorough consideration. It didn’t take long for his assurances to expire,” she added.

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