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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-50/2128 – measures in Denmark

COVID-19 winter package for hospitals

Vinterpakke til hospitalerne

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 05 December 2021 – 31 March 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 January 2022 (updated 19 April 2022)

Background information

The government and the supporting parties have set aside money in a new sub-agreement to get the hospital area through some difficult months with COVID-19. The employees in the hospital system are experiencing a lot of pressure. The agreement secures more funds for special temporary efforts and for all staff groups that provide an extra effort.

This measure aims to contribute to strengthening and supporting the hospital activity in the future, retaining health personnel and getting the hospital system through an extraordinarily severe winter season for the benefit of patients and staff.

Content of measure

The government and the supporting parties have set aside money to get the hospital area through some difficult months. There has extraordinarily been prioritized DKK 1 billion to the hospital system during the winter months. The aim of distributing the money is to contribute to strengthening and supporting the hospital activity in the future, retaining health personnel and getting the hospital system through an extraordinarily severe winter season for the benefit of patients and staff.

The regions each agree on the implementation in collaboration with relevant organizations, and can use the funds however they see fit, depending on the need at the specific hospital.

Use of measure

The parties of the agreement states that the use of the funds can benefit all staff groups in the hospitals and note in that temporary supplements must be able to be kept out of the regulatory scheme in accordance with the applicable rules.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in essential services
Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

This is a measure taken by the government and the supporting parties

Views and reactions

Danish Trade Union Confederation are very pleased with this decision. The chairwoman of the organization states that “The employees in the hospital system are experiencing a lot of pressure. Therefore, it is good that we have succeeded in landing an agreement that, in an extraordinary way, secures more funds for special temporary efforts and for all staff groups that provide an extra effort.”.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 05 December 2021: Delaftale om coronavinterpakke (fm.dk)
  • 05 December 2021: God aftale om vinterpakke (fho.dk)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), COVID-19 winter package for hospitals, measure DK-2021-50/2128 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2021-50_2128.html

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