Minister for Social Affairs Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said at Althingi parliament yesterday that a ten percent flat cut to Iceland’s healthcare system was out of the question, although the Ministry of Finance has requested all ministries make a ten percent cut.
Minister for Social Affairs Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir speaking at parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“I am not aware that a ten percent flat cut has been called for anywhere,” Sigurdardóttir said. “The government has neither proposed such measures nor accepted them.” Fréttabladid reports.
Sigurdardóttir’s announcement came as a reply to a request from Jón Bjarnason, MP for the Left-Greens, referring to news of flat cuts.
The minister also pointed out that laws on layoffs and mass layoffs were still valid and that all parties agreed on the importance to secure laws enabling those who are faced with reduced working hours to receive unemployment benefits accordingly.
Sigurdardóttir stated that people’s social rights would not be diminished, emphasizing that the government would soon present powerful measures for the benefit of Icelandic companies and households.
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