Health

Jan 31 '17 11:50

The Netherlands' healthcare system is the best in Europe, according to the annual index by Swedish Health Consumer Powerhouse. The Netherlands has been number in Europe on this index since 2008, the Telegraaf reports.

Powerhouse compares accessibility, cost, treatment outcome and use of medicine for their ranking. This year the Netherlands scored 927 out of the possible 1,000 points. Improvements were seen in shorter waiting lists.

Jan 31 '17 10:16

A number of Dutch political parties and civil society organizations teamed up in a manifesto calling for more effort to be put into making sure that elderly people can grow old with dignity. A coordinating minister for elderly policy and encouraging family care are two of the priorities in the manifesto, ANP reports.

Jan 31 '17 09:31

The Union of Moroccan Mosques in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam imam association are calling on all mosques in the city to dedicate the Friday noon prayer to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who revealed on Friday that he was d AT5 reports.

Mental health problems
Jan 31 '17 09:10

Emergency services in the Netherlands seem to be confused about the term "disturbed person", which results in confusion about the extent of the problem in the country. Due to a change in the police's recording system, the term turned into a collection name for anything that strays from normal, the Volkskrant reports based on conversations with mental health researcher Bauke Koekkoek, GGZ Nederland, the police and the team for people with disturbed behavior.

Jan 30 '17 12:10

The makers of app Omapost is introducing a new feature called Eberhardpost on Tuesday. With this feature users can send free get-well-soon cards to Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who announced on Friday that he was

Jan 27 '17 13:47

Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan has been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, he announced in a letter to the city council on Friday. More tests will give more clarity on his prognosis, but "it seems that the diagnosis gives little reason for optimism", he said in the letter, Het Parool reports.

Jan 26 '17 11:35

For the first time in Dutch history a doctor in the Netherlands was reprimanded for giving euthanasia to a dementia patient while it was not conclusively established that euthanasia was what the woman wanted at that time, Trouw reports. The implementation of euthanasia was also traumatic, the Regional Review Committee concluded, according to the newspaper. 

Jan 25 '17 11:55

The Amstelland hospital in Amstelveen wants to declare one of its delivery rooms Amsterdam territory. The idea behind this is that Amsterdam moms sent to Amstelveen to give birth, can still register their child as born in Amsterdam, Ida Zwaan of the Woman & Child Center said on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

According to Zwaan, increasingly many Amsterdam women are forced to give birth in Amstelveen because Amsterdam hospitals are too full. And many of them find it difficult to register their child as born in Amstelveen instead of their home city. 

Emergency services rescuing a mentally disturbed man from the freezing waters of Weerwater in Almere after he fall through the ice, 23 Jan 2017
Jan 24 '17 14:40

Emergency services in Almere responded en masse on Monday to rescue a seemingly mentally disturbed man who fell through the ice after walking a long distance on a lake in Almere Stad. Divers from the fire department pulled him from the water, the Telegraaf reports.

Eye witnesses told th newspaper that the man walked a long distance on the ice. When police officers called to him to come back to shore, he refused. The fire department and an air ambulance were called in.

Jan 24 '17 12:55

Philips is at loggerheads with American authorities over the production of defibrillators - FDA inspections revealed a number of shortcomings, according to ANP. The company is in talks with the U.S. department of Justice, acting on behalf of the FDA, on the matter. The company's value dropped by 4 percent after this was revealed on Tuesday morning. 

Meat processing
Jan 24 '17 10:32

Eating less meat and drinking less alcohol and soft drinks will not only benefit Dutch people's health, but also the environment, the national institute for public health and environment RIVM said in a report on Tuesday, the Volkskrant reports.

nursing home elderly
Jan 23 '17 09:50

A third of Dutch people who received care and support at home in 2015, find that the care was inadequate, according to a study done by social and cultural planning office SCP, NOS reports.

Just under 2 million people over the age of 18 received home care in 2015. About 670 thousand of them say they needed more care than they received.

Jan 23 '17 09:27

Some 20 percent of Dutch GP's sometimes give free medicine to patients who can not afford the high cost of healthcare, according to a survey AD did among 300 doctors and nearly 400 pharmacists. This usually involves medicine that was leftover from another patient and was supposed to be destroyed. 

Belly of a woman in her 34th week of pregnancy
Jan 20 '17 15:40

According to NGO hotline Zwanger en Verslaafd, there is a "worrying significant" increase in the number of pregnant women or mothers in the Netherlands that are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The hotline is therefore calling for mandatory contraceptives for addicted women who can't take proper care of their children, RTL Nieuws reprots. 

Hans Breukhoven
Jan 20 '17 12:12

Entrepreneur Hans Breukhoven passed away on Friday after a long period of illness, his ex wife Connie Witteman confirmed. He died at age 70 in London, where he lived, NU.nl reports.

Breukhoven was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2014. In January last year his business partner Juan da Silva announced that the cancer spread to his liver and that chemotherapy was not achieving the desired result. According to Prive, Breukhoven will buried in the Netherlands.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a third death can be attributed to a massive power outage that hit the city and its surrounds on Tuesday. The family of a 75-year-old woman had to wait online for almost 10 minutes when calling emergency number 112 when the elderly woman became ill on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

Bertus de Man, died in police custody on 16 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 07:34

Bertus de Man, the Nijkerk man who din Amersfoort on Monday, died from the effects of cocaine poisoning, the Public Prosecutor announced based on the results of a toxicological study by forensic pathologists, AD reports. 

Willemswerf building in Rotterdam
Jan 19 '17 09:30

A cable break was responsible for an in which one man was killed and another critically injured on Wednesday. According to the police, the cable connecting the counterweight broke and the lift shot upwards, with disastrous consequences, RTV Rijnmond reports.

Jan 18 '17 16:50

The Amsterdam Academic Medical Center (AMC) got authorization to bury bodies in their own small cemetery in order to study decomposition. According to the hospital, this study will be of great value to forensic investigators, the Volkskrant reports.

Willemswerf building in Rotterdam
Jan 18 '17 11:35

One person was killed and another was badly injured Wednesday morning in an accident with a freight elevator in the Willemswerf building on Boompjes in Rotterdam. The lift is believed to have plummeted several stories with the two people inside, AD reports.

The elevator came to a standstill between the 18th and 17th floors shortly after 9 a.m. The two victims were stuck in it for some time. Emergency services struggled to free them, but eventually managed. Both were rushed to the Erasmus MC hospital by 10 a.m., and first reports of the fatality were revealed a half hour later.

Mental health institute GGZ in IJpelaar in Breda
Jan 18 '17 09:39

About 1,500 psychiatrists working at 41 mental health institutions went on strike on Tuesday in protest against their pension plans. They want their employers to pay the employer's contribution to their pension plans, which they've been withholding for two years, ANP reports.

For the strike the psychiatrists worked on a weekend schedule on Tuesday, only giving emergency treatments. All regular treatments and sessions were canceled. According to the psychiatrists, this was the first time they took action against their employers. They felt they have no other choice.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

Burner on a hot air balloon
Jan 17 '17 11:50

Dutch hot air balloon pilot Jelke Haven was seriously injured on Saturday morning during a flight over the Dubai desert. Despite his critical injuries, he still managed to get his passengers safely on the ground. The company he works for in Dubai descries him as a hero, AD reports.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Jan 16 '17 13:20

Mystery surrounds the death of a 44-year-old man from Tilburg, who died in hospital on Saturday after being found unconscious on the street on Friday night. The police call on witnesses to help clarify wat happened to the man. 

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