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Diagnosis time goals not being met

All patients are entitled to receive a diagnosis within 30 days when medically possible, but a new report shows that only 65 percent are being diagnosed on time.

Diagnosis time goals not being met
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A law that took effect in September of last year required that Denmark’s five regions, which operate the nation’s hospitals, provide diagnoses to patients within one month of being referred to hospital by their doctor. 
 
One year later, the regions are only hitting that requirement in 65 percent of cases, according to the regions themselves. 
 
A report from Danish Regions (Danske Regioner) that was released on Monday touted “marked improvements in diagnoses” despite falling short of the requirements.
 
“Waiting times are down and that is a good sign. The diagnosis guarantee doesn’t mean that everyone will be diagnosed within 30 days. The vital thing is that we offer everyone a quick diagnosis whenever it is medically possible. That is where we want to get up to 100 percent and that is also we we need to improve,” Bent Hansen, Danish Regions chairman, said in a press release. 
 
 
The health minister, Nick Hækkerup, said the regions need to do better. 
 
“I would like to say very clearly to the regions that they are required to live up to the diagnosis guarantee. That is a right that we as a government have given to all patients in Denmark. People should be diagnosed within 30 days if it is medically possible,” he told DR. 
 
“Therefore it is not good enough of just two thirds of patients are being diagnosed in time,” he added. 

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Denmark strikes new autumn record for Covid patients

Denmark now has more people in hospital with coronavirus than at any time in more than six months, the country's infectious diseases agency SSI said in a statement on Saturday.

Denmark strikes new autumn record for Covid patients
Hvidovre Hospital outside Copenhagen prepares for the first Coronavirus patients in January. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix
The country now has 243 patients in hospital, of which 41 are being treated in intensive care, and 30 on a ventilator, the agency revealed on its Covid-19 dashboard
 
That is the most since May 4th, and seven more than were being treated on Friday. 
 
The number being treated in hospital has been climbing steadily, with 102 patients at the start of October and 147 at the start of November. 
 
The institute also reported that 1,078 people had tested positive for coronavirus since Friday. 
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