Ministry of Health (Denmark)
The Danish Ministry of Health is responsible for healthcare policy in Denmark. First created as an independent ministry in 1926, it has at various times been combined with the Ministry of the Interior as the Ministry of Interior and Health, most recently in 2010–2011, and has had various names. From June 2015 to November 2016 its official name was the Ministry of Health and the Aged (Danish: Sundheds- og Ældreministeriet). The current Minister of Health is Ellen Trane Nørby; the Permanent Secretary is Per Okkels.
The ministry oversees all aspects of healthcare in Denmark, including hospitals, medical treatments, dispensaries, patient rights, healthcare data collection and medical and research ethics.
The ministry was first created in 1926, and since then has several times been merged with the Ministry of the Interior and re-established under various official names. In modern times it was first re-established in September 1987, with responsibilities drawn in part from other ministries, including oversight over foodstuffs, anti-narcotics and anti-alcohol efforts, education of medical personnel, and health care in Greenland—some of these were later reassigned—and was recombined with the Ministry of the Interior in November 2001. In November 2007 it again became an independent ministry under the name Ministerium for Sundhed og Forebyggelse (Ministry for Health and Prevention), taking on some responsibilities from the Family Ministry, which was dissolved; the Ministry of the Interior, in turn, was merged into a new Ministry of Welfare (Velfærdsministerium). In 2010 the combined Ministry of Interior and Health was again reconstituted, but the following year the Ministry of the Interior was included in a new Ministry of the Economy and the Interior while the Ministry of Health once more became the Ministry for Health and Prevention. In June 2015 it was renamed the Ministry of Health and the Aged, and acquired some responsibilities from the Social- og Indenrigsministeriet (Ministry of Social affairs and the Interior), the combination of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior which was created at the same time. In November 2016, under Lars Løkke Rasmussen's third government, it became a separate ministry once more.
Ministers and their titles
- 1926–1929: Minister for Sundhedsvæsenet (Minister of Health Affairs) Viktor Rubow Venstre
- November 1947: Minister for Byggeri og Sundhedsvæsen (Minister of Development and Health Affairs) Johannes Kjærbøl, Social Democrats
- 1987–1988: Sundhedsminister (Health Minister) Agnete Laustsen, Conservative People's Party
- 1988–1989: Sundhedsminister Elsebeth Kock-Petersen, Venstre
- 1989–1993: Sundhedsminister Ester Larsen, Venstre
- 1993–1994: Sundhedsminister Torben Lund, Social Democrats
- 1994–1996: Sundhedsminister Yvonne Herløv Andersen, Centre Democrats
- 1996–1998: Indenrigs- og sundhedsminister, (Interior and Health Minister; from 1997 on, Sundhedsminister), Birte Weiss, Social Democrats
- 1998–2000: Sundhedsminister Carsten Koch, Social Democrats
- 2000: Sundhedsminister Sonja Mikkelsen, Social Democrats
- 2000–2001: Sundhedsminister Arne Rolighed, Social Democrats
- 2001–2007: Indenrigs- og sundhedsminister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Venstre
- 2007–2010: Minister for sundhed og forebyggelse (Minister of Health and Prevention) Jakob Axel Nielsen, Conservative People's Party
- 2010–2011: Indenrigs- og sundhedsminister Bertel Haarder, Venstre
- 2011–2014: Minister for sundhed og forebyggelse Astrid Krag Kristensen, Socialist People's Party
- 2014–2015: Minister for sundhed og forebyggelse Nick Hækkerup, Social Democrats
- 2015 – 2016: Sundheds- og ældreminister (Minister of Health and the Aged) Sophie Løhde, Venstre
- 2016 – present: Sundhetsminister Ellen Trane Nørby, Venstre
- 1987 – 1995: Jørgen F. Varder
- 1995 – 2005: Ib Valsborg
- 2005 – 2008: Christian Schønau
- 2008 – 2011: Kristian Wendelboe
- 2011: Jesper Fisker
- 2011 – present: Per Okkels
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- From 13 to 23 November 1947, the Ministerium for Byggeri- og Boligvæsen (Ministry of Development and Housing) included health and was called the Ministerium for Byggeri og Sundhedsvæsen: "Arkivskaber: By- og Boligministeriet" (in Danish). Danish National Archives. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
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