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Danish Round-Up: 1.5 billion kroner a year boost for healthcare

Meanwhile, the environment is in good hands, with a new Climate Bill on the way and a major pension company turning its back on oil firms whose outlook is not compatible with the Paris Agreement goals

Finally some good news for our healthcare system (photo: mufidpwt)
September 5th, 2019 2:39 pm| by Ben Hamilton

The government has committed extra funds to the Danish regions – a commitment that will raise healthcare spending by 1.5 billion kroner next year.

The extra funds will enable hospitals to hire more staff, from January onwards, and medical schools to train 100 extra doctors.

The increase means the ‘reprioritisation contribution’ scheme introduced by the previous government has been abolished.

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Lift the spirits
“Healthcare workers are under pressure, drug prices are rising, and there are increasing numbers of elderly patients,” commented the health minister, Magnus Heunicke.

“Previous spending plans have not paid off, and that is what has made employees so depressed.”

Danish pension company divests two-thirds of its oil holdings
MP Pension has offloaded two-thirds of its shares in oil companies in line with its commitment to the green transition. It has accordingly sold stock in ten companies, including Shell and PC, generating a sum of 644 million kroner in the process. MP Pension contends that the companies’ long-term business models are not compatible with the Paris Agreement climate goals, but that the remaining third are. “MP has an ambition to be Denmark’s most responsible pension company,” it explained. “Besides, we do not believe that this sector can deliver a return on par with the rest of the market in the coming years. Demand for oil will decrease as the green transition accelerates.”

Minister in Poland to mark beginning of World War II
Jeppe Kofod, the foreign minister, visited Poland on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. A ceremony attended by many foreign dignitaries took place at Piłsudski Square in central Warsaw. “We must remember to lift our eyes and reflect on the history of Europe, as we cannot take peace and freedom for granted,” said Kofod. “The peace and freedom we enjoy today rests on strong collaborative institutions such as the EU and NATO, as well as a strong friendship between Europe and the United States.”

Criminals escaping justice due to poorly prepared cases, admit police
Copenhagen Police concedes that too many criminals are evading punishment due to the workload of public prosecutors, reports Berlingske. According to documentation that the newspaper obtained from Arbejdstilsynet til Anklagemyndigheden, large numbers of criminals, who the police were confident would be convicted, are being acquitted because the prosecution’s case made errors due to “there being no time to prepare the cases properly, leaving the lawyers unprepared”.

Climate Bill must include civil society input, urges minister
Dan Jørgensen, the climate and energy minister, is reasonably optimistic that Parliament will soon sign a bill to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent.  With the support of its left bloc allies, the government will have a majority, but Jørgensen is keen to get the right bloc parties onside as well during the formulation process of the new Climate Law. Jørgensen stresses that civil society must also be involved – particularly as they played such a large role in pressurising MPs to take action.

F-16 fighter jets depart for action in the Baltics
Denmark’s four F-16 fighter jets have departed from Skrydstrup Flight Station to the Sialiai air base in Lithuania where they will be based for the next three months, patrolling the airspace over the Baltic as part of the NATO presence in the region.