Is it possible to have cabinet collective responsibility while allowing parliament to remove individual ministers?

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In my understanding, the principle of cabinet collective responsibility seems to dictate that the cabinet not only has to make joint decisions (if ministers disagree with current policy they must resign) but also that they can only be removed as a collective body.

This raises interesting questions regarding countries like Denmark, Sweden, and Finland where they claim to have cabinet collective responsibility, yet their parliament can remove ministers individually.

My understanding is that if the parliament can remove individual minsiters, then the mechanical apect of the rule seems to suggest that ministers are still individually responsible to their own actions.

Question: Is there an inherent condratiction between the principle of cabinet collective responsibility and allowing parliament to remove individual ministers?

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