A mistake with blood test equipment at the municipal health service GGD Amsterdam means that about 60 people who had their blood sugar levels tested at the GGD in Amsterdam city center may have been infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This involves people who went for glucose tests between January 19th and March 16th, RTL Nieuws reports.
A mandatory questionnaire Dutch doctors have to fill in to detect child abuse very often leads to false accusations, according to medical researcher Maartje Schouten. In more than 9 out of 10 cases in which the questionnaire indicates child abuse, the accusations are unfounded, she said to NOS.
In 2015 there were a total of 30.803 abortions in the Netherlands, 442 more than in 2014, according to figures from the Healthcare Inspectorate. This is the first time in years that the number of abortions increased. Since 2008 there were fewer abortions each year, ANP reports.
Another first in the new figures is that the most abortions came from the age group 25 to 30 years. Previously women aged 20 to 25 years always had the most abortions.
A mix up at the IVF laboratory at UMC Utrecht means that the eggs 26 couples may have been fertilized with the wrong sperm using the ICSI method, NOS reports. This means that there is a chance that these women are pregnant or have a child with the wrong man, according to the broadcaster.
This involves ICSI treatments done at the hospital between April 2015 and November of this year. According to UMC Utrecht, it is unlikely that the women's eggs were fertilized with the wrong sperm, but not impossible.
More than half of the Dutch government's websites still use an insecure internet connection, according to research done by the Open State Foundation. Many don't use the so-called HTTPS standard, which means hackers can easily eavesdrop on the sites or redirect traffic through malicious software, ANP reports.
The number of reported medical errors in hospital increased sharply in the first half of this year, NOS reports based on figures from the Healthcare Inspectorate. Last year a total of 958 errors were reported to the inspectorate. During the first half of this year, the Inspectorate received 752 reports. It expects a total of some 1,500 reported errors throughout this year.
The Healthcare Inspectorate reprimanded the MC Slotervaart hospital in Amsterdam for mistakes made in procedures around surgeries. "That could have serious consequences for patient safety", the Inspectorate said on Thursday, ANP reports.
According to the Inspectorae, the hospital does not store equipment and lay them out for surgeries according to the rules. This could mean that the equipment used is not sterile. The hospital performed surgeries in operation rooms not suited to the tpe of surgery. And the transfer of patient information between staff members must be improved.
The Healthcare Inspectorate added three new nursing homes to its black list. Cato from The Hage, Care Residence Zonnestraal from Hilversum and Avondrust in Veenendaal all performed below par and are now under increased supervision, AD reports.
The 17 fertility clinics in the Netherlands need to improve their registration of sperm donors, according to the Healthcare Inspectorate. This is to prevent donors singing up at multiple clinics and ending up with dozens of offspring
A group of medical professionals filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Public Health over uncertainty surrounding prescription of the so-called abortion pill
The Public Prosecutor launched an investigation into medical experiments performed by GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord at a psychiatric clinic in Heiloo. The Healthcare Inspectorate believes that these experiments were not done according to the rules
The case surrounding deaths of patients after receiving treatment at alternative cancer clinic Klaus Ross Center in Germany, is smaller than expected. The German and Dutch authorities are investigating five suspicious cases, not 70 as reported in the media, the German judiciary said in a press conference on Friday, according to reporter Chris van Mersbergen tweeting from the press conference.
The Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate received a total of 41 reports of patients or their relatives signing non-disclosure contracts with healthcare professionals. Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health called on the public to report such contracts, which are not illegal but considered "highly undesirable"
The Healthcare Inspectorate placed the University Medical Center Utrecht under increased supervision last week. According to the Inspectorate, the changes the board of directors proposed to improve the quality of care at the hospital, are not being implemented quickly enough and the increased supervision should help accelerate the pace
Health care options for asylum seekers in the Netherlands were below par last year. The large influx of asylum seekers, more than double that of 2014, caused multiple problems for medical care services, the Healthcare Inspectorate reported on Thursday.
Peter M., a nurse who was convicted to 8 years in prison in 2012 for injecting men with HIV-infected blood in Groningen, started working as a nurse again after serving his sentence. The Healthcare Inspectorate found out about it last year and took the case to the disciplinary court
The Leiden University Medical Center is temporarily not performing any liver and complex kidney transplant operations because of a conflict between doctors "about their mutual work method", the hospital announced on Thursday
The Healthcare Inspectorate is investigating two commercial clinics in Amsterdam and Rotterdam where doctors treat chronically ill patients with stem cells taken from their own bone marrow or adipose tissue. There is no scientific proof that this treatment works, according to stem cell professors
Ambulance Amsterdam received a final warning from the Healthcare Inspectorate for not complying to the "requirements and conditions". If the problems are not solved by April 1st at the latest, RAV will be facing a fine at least
A legislative change will give the Healthcare Inspectorate the ability to fine or close down alternative healers who cross the line from January 1st
The Healthcare Inspectorate is re-examining the events and circumstances surrounding the deportation and death of Georgian girl Renata Agamiryan, Brandpunt reports. The 8 year old asylum seeker died in October 2014 at the Leiden University Medical Center from the effects of Leukemia.
From this summer advertisements for cosmetic surgeries will include the mandatory label: "Watch out. Making yourself prettier could turn ugly. A successful surgery starts with a good doctor."
Nursing homes that do not offer proper care for the elderly, will have to deal with sharper inspection supervision. Directors of institutions that repeatedly provide poor care, will be addressed earlier. If there are no improvements, another health care institution will take over.
The increasing number of untrustworthy and illegal home medical tests is so alarming that the Public Health Service will devise their own health check, an online questionnaire that will indicate whether a proper medical examination is necessary.