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Fri, 13 May, 2016 12:05:19 AM
FTimes – STT Report, May 13
Laura Räty. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Helsinki Deputy Mayor Laura Räty on Thursday announced her resignation and her move to join the healthcare service company Terveystalo as its operations director over the summer.
“All the big projects that brought me to the city have now been completed or are at a stage where they can easily move forward,” Räty told the news agency STT.
“Additionally, Helsinki will soon reform their city management system and abolish the post of deputy mayor. I do not want to stand for election at this point in my life, so it is only natural to look for other jobs,” she said.
Räty said she understands that the transition from the public sector to a big private operator in the service sector could raise issues about incompatibilities. As a result, she will leave the position immediately and take leave until the City Council grants her resignation.
According to Räty, Terveystalo is not a major provider of services for the City of Helsinki, and she has not made decisions as the deputy mayor concerning the company. 
Räty was the deputy mayor responsible for social affairs and healthcare from 2011 to 2014, and again from May 2015 onward. 
In between, she served as the minister for social affairs and health in the immediate past government led by Alexander Stubb.
Räty’s transfer has sparked some bitter feedback. Left Alliance Chairman Paavo Arhinmäki criticised it on Facebook.
“First, the minister responsible for social welfare and health services provides financial opportunities to a private company, and then she goes off to work for the company providing those services,” he posted.
SDP’s Maarit Feldt-Ranta believes the transfer provokes serious questions about political ethics.
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