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  • Poor code quality impacts on the management of the specialist health service

    ​Poor quality medical coding leads to many errors in the health statistics and therefore has negative consequences for the management and financing of the specialist health service. "The health enterprises must ensure that doctors receive adequate training concerning coding", says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Ministries must clarify to a greater extent what they want to achieve through the use of external consultants

    ​Government organisations are major purchasers of consultancy services, estimated at around NOK 12 billion in 2015. "This approach can be the best way of obtaining specialist expertise and capacity, but we believe that the associated needs and purposes are not being clarified sufficiently, and that purchases, follow-up and the learning effect could be better", says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Norwegian Armed Forces' Frigate Branch suffering serious deficiencies

    ​The five Nansen class frigates, which play a key role in helping the Norwegian Armed Forces carry out assignments relating to military conflicts and during times of war, have major deficiencies. "The deficiencies associated with technical condition, access to spare parts, crewing and training are so great that the frigates do not have the operational capacity assumed by the Storting", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • "Lack of digitalisation could cause our cultural heritage to be lost"

    ​Despite the Storting's goal to allow the best possible access to cultural heritage, the majority of the collections of Norwegian cultural institutions have yet to be digitalised. "The potential consequences of this could be considerable. Without a digital copy, our cultural heritage could be lost", says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Urgent need to reduce the maintenance backlog for defence properties, which has now grown to approx. NOK 4.5 billion

    ​The condition of the defence sector’s real estate and fixed assets has steadily deteriorated. By 2015, the cost of registered outstanding maintenance work had risen to almost NOK 4.5 billion. There is an urgent need for measures costing almost NOK 2 billion to tackle the maintenance backlog, which constitutes a 38 percent increase in two years. “The situation is worst for fortifications and defence installations,” said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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