Finnish Parliament passes patient safety bill

NewsRoom Finland, November 16, 2007 Finland's Parliament on Thursday
passed the controversial patient safety bill by 113 votes to 68 with 18
lawmakers absent. An opposing motion submitted by the Social Democratic
party was voted down by MPs for the ruling Centre party, National
Coalition party, the Green League and the Swedish People's party. The
bill was debated for four and a half hours before the final vote. The
bill president, having cancelled a trip to the US, is to sign the bill
into law by the end of the day. The will enable the government to force
some of the thousands of nurses belonging to the Union of Health and
Social Care Professionals (Tehy) who have signed up to a mass
resignation campaign to stay in their posts. A minister had said in
Parliament on Thursday that nurses who defied orders to work might be
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