The Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate launched an investigation into the Amsterdam Medical Center because of a medical study among patients with bile duct cancer in which 14 patients died. The deaths in the study were much higher than expected, AD reports.
Rotterdam's plan to ban smoking on the streets around hospitals and schools has been placed on hold. Responsible alderman Sven de Langen of public health sees too few legal possibilities to enforce such a ban, NOS reports.
Nine out of ten Dutch parents think that they transport their children safely by car, but that is by far not the case, according to a study by Taskforce Child Safety. Eight out of ten children are unsafe in the car because their car seat is not used properly, the researchers found, RTL Nieuws reports.
Half of car seats are not installed properly, and children are often not properly strapped it. Six out of ten children are not secured tightly enough because parents do not strap them in properly.
Some 90 percent of Dutch sometimes help out someone else, but less educated people do this more than highly educated people. People with lower levels of education are significantly more involved in both more taxing and less taxing help, according to a study by I&O Research, NOS and regional broadcasters, NOS reports.
The mandatory screening for child abuse that doctors in the Netherlands have to do is so ineffective that it should be abolished, according to pediatrician and professor of social pediatrics Elise van Putte, also the chairman of the National Expertise Center for Child Abuse. The questionnaires not only lead to unjustified accusations, but also miss hundreds of abused kids, she said at the annual convention on domestic violence, the Volkskrant reports.
Some 14 percent of the entire Dutch population can be classified as "problem drinkers", according to the Trimbos institute. These are people who have problems because of their drinking, like failure to meet obligations or driving under the influence, the Telegraaf reports.
"Of the 80 percent of the population aged 18 or older who drank alcohol in the past year, one in six can be considered as risky drinkers This corresponds to 1,790,000 people or 14 percent of the total population", according to the institute.
The SOA AIDS Nederland foundation came up with a playful way to promote condom use in the run-up to World Aids Day on December 1st. The foundation is launching a pop-up store at Utrecht Central Station where you can try condoms to see which brand, type and size suits you best, the Telelgraaf reports.
Youth care will soon approach parents who refuse to vaccinate their children to explain to them exactly why vaccination is important. In this way State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health wants to address the decreasing vaccination rate more actively, the Volkskrant reports.
A tenth of Dutch children are dissatisfied with their own lives and give their lives a failing score of 3.8, according to a study by Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer. The difference between happy children and unhappy children in the Netherlands is also growing, she said on Tuesday - the International Day for the Rights of the Child, NU.nl reports.
Kalverboer analyzed nearly a thousand questionnaires filled out by children and spoke to a number of children in various living situations, from top young athletes to kids living on the street.
The Dutch health insurers announced their healthcare premiums for 2019. Not one insurer lowered their premiums, but Promovendum and Besured kept their premiums the same, NU.nl reports.
The four largest insurers Zilveren Kruis (Achmea), VGZ, CZ and Menzis are increasing their basic health insurance premiums by 7.50 euros, 4.75 euros, 8.55 euros and 3 euros per month respectively. An outlier is PNOzorg, which is increasing the premium for its basic package by 17.74 euros per month.
National fire brigade Brandweer Nederland and the Dutch Burns Foundation are sounding the alarm about "silent killer" carbon monoxide. Over the past six weeks 40 people were hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by faulty geysers, heaters, poor ventilation or clogged flues, NU.nl reports.
"The cold has not even started in the Netherlands and we are already seeing so many accidents", Jet Vroege of the fire brigade said, according to the newspaper. "The silent killer CO is already working hard this year."
Homosexual couples who want to have a child through a surrogate mother can do so at Dutch clinics from next year, according to a survey by television program De Monitor. Until now that has been impossible in the Netherlands due to strict regulations, newspaper AD reports.
At least two Dutch clinics will start offering surrogacy to gay couples next year - MC Kinderwens in Leiderdorp and Nij Geertgen clinic in Elsendorp. In Leiderdorp the surrogate mother must also donate the egg. In Elsendorp the surrogate and egg donor may be different people.
Youth care institution De Hoenderloo Groep multiple times punished children in its care by making them sit completely still and not make a sound for hours on end, the institution confirmed to RTL Nieuws. "The punitive measure has been used before. We are working on a change of procedure", the institution said to the broadcaster.
Children under guardianship are not sufficiently involved in the decisions made about them, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer wrote in a letter to institutions and the responsible ministers on Thursday. According to Kalverboer, the child protectors want the best for these children, but much can be improved in the decision making process around these kids, NU.nl reports.
Ambulance personnel throughout the Netherlands will soon be equipped with bullet- and stab proof vests and helmets, based on advice from Ambulancezorg Nederland. The vests are intended to better protect paramedics in dangerous conditions and terror situations, NOS reports.
The paramedics will not be obliged to always wear the protective clothing, they can assess the situation themselves. According to Ambulancezorg Nederland, they have no recorded incidents in the past where paramedics needed bulletproof vests.
Between 2015 and 2017 eight percent of Dutch 12 to 25-year-olds were psychologically unhealthy, according to Statistics Netherlands' health survey. More than a third of this group suffered from depression in preceding year. Ten years ago 7 percent of Dutch young people were psychologically unhealthy.
The number of people who end up in the emergency room after taking too much GHB increased explosively over the past years, doctors at the emergency rooms of hospitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Haarlem, and the Dutch association for emergency medical services NVSHA said to NRC.
Maastricht UMC+ is working on an AI system, named Molly, that can independently diagnose and prescribe medication to heart patients. A less-advanced version of Molly is already being tested, De Limburger reports.
The less advanced Molly is a virtual nurse that works through an app and gives patients with heart failure instructions on how to measure their blood pressure, for example. It answers questions and warns patients if they need to call the doctor. Molly 2.0 will be much better and smarter.
The Dutch Safety Board is launching an investigation into the way in which patient safety was handled after MC Slotervaart in Amsterdam and the MC IJsselmeer hospitals in Lelystad and surroundings were declared bankrupt last week. The Safety Board wants to examine how the interests of the patients were weighed before and during the bankruptcy process, NU.nl reports.
The treatment of cancer patients in the Netherlands is in danger due to a lack of medication. This was caused by the nuclear reactor in Petten being shut down after a leak last week. "We've already had to cancel on patients", nuclear physician Marcel Stokkel of the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam said. It's not yet a life-threatening situation, but it will be if the reactor is shut down for another two weeks, he said to RTL Nieuws.
The St Jansdal Hospital in Hardewijk plans to take over outpatient care in Lelystad, according to a message sent to the staff of the bankrupt MC IJsselmeer hospitals. St Jansdal confirms that there are plans, but that they are not 100 percent certain yet, NOS reports.
The Netherlands Smoke Free Alliance launched a new campaign to "protect children against tobacco smoke and the temptation to smoke". The alliance, consisting of cancer society KWF, the Heart Foundation and the Lung Fund, wants smoking bans in places children frequent, like playgrounds, zoos and swimming pools, RTL Nieuws reports.
The alliance is delighted that 550 sports clubs maintain smoking bans, but that's not enough. Parents themselves have to work on protecting their children against smoking. "Because unfortunately seeing smoking means starting smoking", the alliance said.
Teenagers in the Netherlands start drinking at a later age, though those who do consume alcohol don't drink any less than in previous years, according to a study by newspaper Trouw, the Trimbos Institute, the Jellinek addiction institute, and the Netherlands Institute for Alcohol Policy.
MC Slotervaart in Amsterdam and the MC IJsselmeer hospitals in Lelystad and surroundings were all declared bankrupt on Thursday. The hospitals filed for deferment of payment on Tuesday.