Union defends hospitals' productivity record

Denmark

The FOA public service union has responded to attacks on inefficiency and laziness in the health service by pointing to a long-run increase in productivity in the sector. There has been a increase of 12,000 staff in hospitals since 2001 but in terms of productivity, 77 workers today deliver the same services as 100 workers then. New technology, shorter waiting lists, better outpatient care are among the factors contributing to this increase in efficiency. Over the last 10 years hospitals have faced demands to improve productivity by 1.5%-2% each year. In contrast the private sector has only managed an increase in productivity of 0.3%-0.4% over the same period.
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