A wide majority within the Regional Council of the Capital Region of Denmark consisting of the Danish Social Democrats, Denmark's Liberal Party, the Conservatives, the Danish People's Party, The Danish Social-Liberal Party, the Socialist People's Party and Liberal Alliance recently decided to revise the region's 'Hospital and Psychiatry Plan 2020' (HOPP2020).
The changes are part of historically enormous change currently taking place in the health area in the capital region: New large hospital construction projects and not least restructuring of existing hospitals means that the region's citizens now have four large emergency hospitals in addition to a central and highly specialised Rigshospitalet, the hospital of Bornholm and the combined regional mental health services hospital in the region.
The plan has been revised out of concern for the public
Chairman of the Regional Council, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (the Social Democrats), emphasises that major changes require revisions of the HOPP2020 plan.
"The major restructuring in our region will boost quality at our hospitals exponentially. This means that now and then we have to revise the hospital plan. The health area is in constant movement; with new methods of payment, new professional requirements and new knowledge on how different specialist areas and functions work best. As politicians, we must continuously address these movements to ensure coherent patient pathways," she explained.
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen also stated that we must ensure the best possible treatment of our citizens within the specified framework.
"As citizens we must feel confident that treatment is at a high professional level, preferably close to our home and focusing on the individual," she said.
FACTS: These are the changes
Proposals for the changes to the HOPP2020 plan were submitted by the administration of the Capital Region of Denmark and were sent for consultation with organisations and citizens before the political negotiations began. The parties behind the budget agreement have agreed to the following changes:
- Uniform catchment areas for specialist areas covering e.g. children, child birth and women's diseases.
- Child patients now cover the age group 0-18 years as recommended by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, instead of the previous 0-16 years.
- Diagnostic evaluation and treatment of breast cancer to be merged together with management of the region's mammography screening programme at Herlev and Gentofte hospitals (located in Herlev).
- Surgical treatment of joints and bones (orthopaedic surgery) in Frederiksberg (under Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg hospitals) to be discontinued. In the future, these treatments will take place at the region's other orthopaedic surgery departments and they will be divided between the departments according to catchment area.
- In future, specialised hand surgery for the entire region will be carried out at Herlev and Gentofte hospitals (located in Gentofte), except for some functions which will be carried out at the hospital of Northern Zealand.
- Urological activity comprising treatment of urinary tract diseases for men, and treatment of diseases of the bladder and kidneys for both men and women, to be collected in two departments. There will be one department at Rigshospitalet (Blegdamsvej) and one department at Herlev and Gentofte hospitals (with functions at both locations).
- The region's four rheumatological departments (rheumatic disorders) will be collected under one department headed by Rigshospitalet. In-patients for functions requiring only a few beds will be collected at Rigshospitalet located in Glostrup, and outpatient treatment will continue to take place in all planning areas.
- As a consequence of several of the changes above, more activity will be transferred to Gentofte to ensure optimum use of the modern frameworks in order to meet the political intention of the regional 2015 budget agreement.
- Revision of the structure of the Capital Region of Denmark - Psychiatry. Organisationally, the Mental Health Services Centre in Hvidovre will be merged with the Mental Health Services Centre in Glostrup and the Mental Health Services Centre in Frederiksberg will be merged with the Mental Health Services Centre in Copenhagen. The options for physically merging the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen and the Psychiatric Centre Frederiksberg will be assessed no later than by the time that the new mental health services construction work at Bispebjerg Bakke has finished.
FACTS: This is what the politicians will be assessing
- A merger of the region's two departments for skin and venereal diseases and allergies will create the largest department in the Nordic countries within skin and venereal diseases and form the basis for internationally exceptional treatment and research in the future. The specialist area, in particular, allergies, has combined patient pathways, working closely with other medical specialist areas, and accordingly, the administration will prepare a more detailed analysis of this area as part of the annual revision of HOPP2020.
- The parties behind the budget agreement are aware that there is a risk of over-capacity in the three existing cancer departments in the long term . However, they feel that they do not currently have sufficient basis to make a decision to collect cancer treatment in one place. They will monitor the development closely as part of the annual revision.
- The parties behind the agreement agreed to target work on the medicinal area over the next year in order to achieve more coherent patient pathways, high-quality treatment, high-quality nursing and care, and to create good physical frameworks and working conditions for the staff.
FACTS: The Hospital and Psychiatry Plan 2020
- The Capital Region of Denmark's Hospital and Psychiatry Plan 2020 (HOPP2020) forms the overall framework for new construction work and reconstruction work at the region's hospitals worth DKK 15 bn.
- On 8 September 2014, the Danish Social Democrats, the Liberals, the Conservatives, the Danish People's Party, the Danish Social-Liberal Party, the Socialist People's Party and Liberal Alliance concluded the agreement "We're building the future" on the 2015 budget. The 2015 budget agreement is the cornerstone of the future hospital structure, with four major emergency hospitals, one central highly specialised hospital and the hospital of Bornholm.
- Together with the merger of Herlev and Gentofte hospitals as well as Rigshospitalet and the hospital of Glostrup, the parties agreed to launch a procedure to revise the Hospital and Psychiatry Plan 2020 (HOPP2020).
- This process was more comprehensive than the ongoing annual adjustments because the Capital Region of Denmark is in the middle of a major organisational process of change, with hospital mergers and major hospital construction work to be taken into use from 2018 and up to 2025.
- The Danish Social Democrats: Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Regional Council, through Public Relations in the Capital Region of Denmark, telephone no. +45 70 20 95 88.
- The Liberals: Martin Geertsen, telephone no. +45 61 62 51 68
- The Conservatives: Mette Abildgaard, telephone no. +45 41 26 96 76
- The Danish People's Party: Henrik Thorup, telephone no. +45 40 40 81 88
- The Danish Social-Liberal Party: Charlotte Fischer, telephone no. +45 31 25 95 55
- The Socialist People's Party: Lise Müller, telephone no. +45 28 96 40 30
- The Liberal Alliance: Niels Høiby, telephone no. +45 40 46 35 32