Social Democrats against Re-Nationalization

The Social Democrats, Sweden’s biggest opposition party, will not re-nationalize pharmacies if the party was to lead the next government after the general elections in September 2010. A majority of the delegates at the ongoing party congress in Älvsjö, south of Stockholm, supported a proposal that suggests to maintain the deregulation at the pharmacy market but that also seeks to adjust the newly reformed system.

The abolishment of the state monopoly on pharmacies came into effect earlier this year. Ylva Johansson, the Social Democratic spokesperson on health issues, told the delegates that the party in principle still is opposed to the privatization of former state-owned pharmacies but maybe the center-right government will not succeed in selling a single pharmacy by election day next year.

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