Diane with Astrid Krag MP, Danish Minister for Health & Prevention
This month, as part of Labour’s Public Health Policy review, I visited Copenhagen. I want to make sure the best and the brightest ideas from around the world are heard.
I met with Astrid Krag MP, Minister for Health & Prevention, Ms Sophie Haestrop Andersen MP, the Social Democratic Party Spokesperson for Health and Member of the Health Committee, Mr Flemming Moller Mortensen MP, Chair of Health Committee, Social Democratic Party and Mette Skouboe, Political Advisor.
There is much to learn from Denmark. Urban planning is helping to promote physical activity in Denmark over the last few decades. Bikes are used widely in cities across Denmark and there is infrastructure which promotes cycling, people can take their bikes on buses and trains, and there are cycling lanes connecting most Danish cities. Local Authorities also have an incentive to focus on prevention because they pick up the cost of hospital treatment when a local resident is admitted into hospital.