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  • Norway lacks adequate health registers in important health areas

    ​An investigation into 64 registers shows that many health registers are of insufficient quality, a lot of existing data is rarely used and there is a lack of health data for major disease groups. – Both the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the regional health enterprises ought to put measures in place that ensure that the objective and national need are better managed, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • The current referral practice leads to resources being wasted in the health service

    ​The Office of the Auditor General's investigation shows that more than one in four GPs regularly refers patients to the specialist health service, even if they do not expect any medical benefit from it. At the same time, every third hospital doctor admits that they regularly take in patients for examinations even if it is clear on the referral that the patient should not have been referred. – Such a use of resources involves the risk of patients who need treatment having to wait longer than necessary, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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    A number of government organisations have insufficient information security

    ​There are significant flaws in information security in a number of government organisations, including the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, according to the 2016 accounting audit by the Office of the Auditor General. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate processes information from the oil sector, the protection of which is of the utmost importance. "It is strongly reprehensible that the Directorate still does not have a satisfactory information security system", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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    CO2 management: The involvement of the state is still important

    ​The Office of the Auditor General has not closed the previously reported audit of governmental work on CO2 management. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy continues to work to find a financing model to ensure a process from capture to storage with commercial partners. "The involvement of the state will continue to be important", said Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Rail investments have not been adequately managed

    ​In order to maximise the benefits of major rail investments as regards shorter journey times, more frequent services and better predictability, projects such as the installation of new passing loops and infrastructure for turning and stabling trains must also be considered during the planning process. “Better coordination with these minor projects combined with timetable changes could have enabled rail services to be improved sooner,” says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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