Minister: Important to make healthcare more robust


One of the important things about an upcoming health care reform is to ensure the robustness of the health care system.

This is what Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke (S) says at an open consultation on intensive care units in Danish hospitals.

At the consultation, he emphasizes that upscaling and downscaling is needed.

According to the Minister of Health, the current capacity is on a par with the capacity in March last year.

“It is not a goal that there should be many vacancies,” he says.

The consultation was convened after there was a report which showed that there were only ten vacant beds in the Danish intensive care units on 6 December. The report was made by the Regions’ Clinical Quality Development Program.

The politicians at the consultation agree that it is a snapshot. Therefore, the questions are more generally about how to ensure a robust healthcare system.

But Magnus Heunicke admits health care is under more pressure this year. But that also applies to the rest of Europe, he says.

The Minister of Health also mentions that the government in connection with the Finance Act last year made a winter package for the hospitals.

It urgently sent a billion kroner to the regions.

At the consultation, the Conservatives’ health spokesman Per Larsen calls it a ‘patch solution’.

“Isn’t it timely care to make sure to get scaled up,” he asks.

Per Larsen points out the importance of hiring more staff. Among other things, he points to a decrease in the number of intensive care nurses.

The Minister of Health mentions that there is a shortage of labor in Denmark. Therefore, one can not recruit oneself out of it, it sounds.

“We need to look at healthcare to see if we can use the resources better and smarter,” he says.

But staff shortages and how resources can be used in the best possible way will also fill in the upcoming health care reform, according to Magnus Heunicke.

The government has repeatedly postponed a health care reform. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) promised this week that the government will come up with its proposal and start negotiations in the first quarter of this year.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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