The Danish political parties have been expressing their astonishment and
indignation after disclosures that the health authorities do not check
whether rules are followed regarding the medical supervision of male
“This is surprising as supervision should be in place in all health issues,”
says Social Democratic Health Spokeswoman Karen Klint who has asked Health
Minister Astrid Krag whether there is sufficient professional monitoring of
The opposition Liberal Party also says it is surprised that authorities do not
actually check whether rules are followed.
“It is particularly strange because the Health Authority supervises so many
things in Denmark. And sometimes perhaps even somewhat officiously, some
hospitals would say. So it is surprising that here there is no overview as
to whether a professional medic is present,” liberal Health Spokeswoman
Sophie Løhde says.
“I expect the Board and thus the minister to suggest what to do in order to
ensure that procedures live up to the law,” Løhde says.
Health Board rules call for a doctor to be present when small boys are
circumcised. But the authorities do not seem to be able to say whether the
rules are always followed. Rabbis, who normally undertake the procedure for
Jewish boys, do not appear to be monitored.
“There is a reason to believe that a doctor should be present and I expect
steps to be taken to monitor the procedure,” says Conservative Health
Spokeswoman Benedikte Kiær.
The Danish People’s Party is adamant that rules on supervision should be
“There must be checks (Ed: that the rules are followed). We must see whether
these take place through random checks, or demands that a doctor should
carry out the procedure, “says Danish People’s Party Health Spokeswoman
The Red Greens have also expressed concern.
“We should particularly focus on this given that there is a tradition that
these surgical procedures are not carried out by medical personnel,” Red
Green Health Spokeswoman Stine Brix says.
Camilla Hersom of the Social Liberals says the law must be followed.
“Obviously, if the law says a doctor must be present, then you must be able to
be sure that a doctor is present,” Hersom says.
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