Help for the elderly was one of the areas the Moderates wanted outsourced. Photo: Leif R. Jansson/Scanpix

Moderate Party U-turn on health privatization

Sweden’s center-right Moderate party has backed down from its previous position and will not force municipalities to privatize elderly and long-term care.

Writing in Dagens Nyheter Moderate politician Anna Kinberg Batra, who leads the party’s working group on the Swedish welfare system, says it is better to let local municipalities make their own decisions.

Batra also says that the party wants the public agenda to focus on how welfare could be as good as possible and how empowering individuals would help to make it better. She believes that people are focusing on the legislative proposal instead.

The quick turnaround surprised many, including the of the Christian Democratic Party, Göran Hägglund. He says it is definitely an important issue that individuals are able to choose their own healthcare providers. He adds he had not anticipated this and needs to look into it before he can make any other comments.

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