The Minister for Social Security, Ulf Kristersson, is now backing down and will stand behind the decision to return to the old rules of health insurance on how work capacity should be examined after 180 days of sick leave. Something that a majority among the opposition parties have voted for in the Riksdag.
A new definition of work capacity will also be introduced next year.
"The collective opposition has demanded this, and then the government will respect it,” said Kristersson at a press conference earlier today.
The Riksdag decided twice in 2011 that people on sick leave will get their work capacity examined first after 180 days, which was the case before the government reformed the rules.
In February 2012 Kristersson announced that he would not present such a bill, where after the opposition threatened to give him a declaration of no confidence.
He argued that a return to the old rules do not lead to an improvement of what the health insurance is trying to remedy, to get people back to work.
But now he backs down, and on Thursday the Government will present a bill which proposes an immediate return to the old rules.