Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan's announcement that was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer completely shocked what seems like the entire Netherlands, including commentators James Worthy, Theodor Holman and Janneke van der Horst. In columns written for their mayor in Het Parool, they have nothing but praise for Van der Laan.
Dutch celebrity biologist Freek Vonk was attacked by a shark while filming for a new television program in the Bohamas. "After a 3 hour long operation, for which I was completely sedated, and more than 100 stitches, I can again give a thumbs up", he writes on Facebook. The Dutch man emphasizes that this was a series of unfortunate events, that is no one's fault, including the shark itself.
The Netherlands could significantly decrease healthcare costs by using new technologies and being smarter about the organization of care, according to employers' organizations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland in a healthcare vision they have for the new government. According to the vision, the Netherlands can save at least 1.5 billion euros in healthcare costs per year, the Telegraaf reports.
The lower house of Dutch parliament is against a measure proposed by Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) to force disturbed persons to be admitted for observation if needed, government party PvdA confirmed to NU.nl.
"Vulnerable people with mental illness can better be helped by giving them the proper care sooner, so that the violent measure of forced admission can be prevented", PvdA parliamentarian Lea Bouwmeester said to the newspaper. "That should really be first to order, before state coercion is used."
No surgeries will be done at the Refaja hospital in Stadskanaal, Groningen in the coming days. The operating theaters at the hospital are closed until at least Friday due to flies, the Telegraaf reports.
Patients scheduled to undergo surgery at the hospital this week, will be referred to another location or have the surgery rescheduled. The Treant Zorggroep, under which the hospital falls, is taking no chances, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. Patients will be brought up to date as soon as possible. They may be referred to Emmen and Hoogeveen for their surgery.
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.
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.
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 diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, AT5 reports.
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.
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 diagnosed with cancer.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, the Nijkerk man who died after being arrested in 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.
A cable break was responsible for an elevator accident in the Willemswerf building in Rotterdam 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.
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.