PA’s Mikkel Pødenphant, a public sector expert, comments on a modernisation and streamlining programme launched by the Danish government and local municipalities. Danish local municipalities are required to identify savings worth about DKK 1 billion per year, of which half is to be spent on welfare. According to Mikkel, the new programme will benefit all citizens and business communities.
Mikkel says: “The programme stretches over several years, enabling long-term investments in areas such as infrastructure or telemedicine. A national implementation of telemedicine requires an efficient and consolidated infrastructure, and a reliable readjustment of working procedures in the healthcare service area.”
Furthermore, says Mikkel, the programme enables the municipalities to prioritise their own budgets. The increased transparency of the financial frameworks will create a better foundation for the modernisation of the municipalities.
“Now, the municipalities and the government need to identify the focus areas for the streamlining programme. However, a prerequisite for creating a better service level for both citizens and business communities is that the parties create concrete management tools to ensure the programme is implemented and adapted,” Mikkel concludes.
Mikkel Pødenphant is a public sector expert at PA Consulting Group