Health

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Nov 3 '17 15:30

The Netherlands may soon face a shortage in foster families. At the end of last year, the country had around 16,600 families available to foster children in need, compared to around 18 thousand in 2015, according to foster care organization Pleegzorg Nederland. The organization has no explanation for the decrease, NU.nl reports. 

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Nov 3 '17 11:30

The life expectancy for people over the age of 65 in the Netherlands is slightly lower than previously predicted. According to Statistics Netherlands' current prediction, 65-year-olds can now expect to live another 20.5 years, instead of the previous prediction of 20.7 years. This will likely mean that the retirement age in the Netherlands will not increase further, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Nov 2 '17 09:01

MC Slotervaart in Amsterdam-Nieuw-West is at the very bottom of newspaper AD's Top 100 hospital ranking for 2017. The Amsterdam hospital dropped 36 places compared to last year's 64th place on the list.

According to AD, MC Slotervaart scored poorly when it came to pain control, malnutrition and delirium. Patients at the hospital were also often hospitalized for longer or had to be readmitted soon after they left. 

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Nov 1 '17 11:50

Employees of residential care center Thebe in Breda published a in the organization's homes. According to the employees, the homes deal with chronic staff shortages, high workloads and situations in which the care of residents is seriously inadequate.

Ambulance
Oct 30 '17 12:10

The body of a man was found on Papaverweg in Zwolle on Monday morning. The deceased man has been identified, and the police believe he wasn't killed in a crime, De Stentor reports.

The man's body was found around 5:30 a.m. According to the police, he died of a heart attack.

No further announcements will be made as the man was not murdered. 

Police
Oct 30 '17 08:47

A stabbing at an Emergis psychiatric care institution in Middelburg resulted in the death of a male patient on Saturday night. A female patient was arrested. Director Paul de Schipper called the incident "terrible" and said that it happened "completely out of the blue", RTL Nieuws reports.

Triathlon
Oct 30 '17 07:48

Lawyer Jan Willem Koeleman from Utrecht died while participating in a triathlon in Italy on Sunday morning. The 54-year-old man became unwell during the swimming leg of the race and drowned, the Telegraaf reports.

Koeleman took part in the half-triathlon of the Forte Village Challenge in southern Sardinia. This involved 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21 kilometers of running, according to the newspaper.

Elderly Hospital
Oct 27 '17 15:30

The End Of Life clinic needs to hire at least 50 more doctors in order to keep up with the increasing number of applications for euthanasia, a spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws. The clinic already employs 59 doctors, so their doctors need to almost double. "We want to avoid waiting lists and people in need unnecessarily having to wait", the spokesperson said.

Ambulance
Oct 25 '17 10:10

Last year 41 thousand ambulances arrived at an emergency situation later than the 15 minute standard, an increase of 1,500 late arrivals compared to 2015, according to figures released by Ambulance Care Netherlands. Staff shortages are the reason behind the slower response times, union FNV Care and Welfare says, RTL Nieuws reports.

"Because there are too few employees, ambulance services are routinely eliminated. So it takes longer before an available ambulance is at the scene", an FNV spokesperson said, according to the broadcaster.

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Oct 24 '17 16:00

People with eye disorders could face blindness due to health insurance budget cuts on expensive treatments, according to interest organizations like the Eye Fund. The interest groups are referring specifically to eye injections used to treat people with retinal abnormalities, ANP reports.

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Oct 24 '17 15:20

The Gelre hospitals in Apeldoorn and Zutphen had to cancel a number of surgeries and treatments due to a computer failure. Some outpatient clinics are also affected, De Stentor reports.

The computer system in question does have a backup, but patient data on the backup files can only be viewed, not changed. It is for that reason the hospitals decided to cancel a number of surgeries and treatments. "After surgery we can not pass on internal data. We don't want to take any risks with that", spokesperson Tom Schooltink said to the newspaper.

Oct 24 '17 13:20

People with disabilities or health problems in the Netherlands have a hard time finding work. Half of organizations do not want to hire people with disabilities or other health problems, according to a study among 3 thousand employers by social and cultural planning office SCP, BNR reports.

Half of the organizations indicated that they don't want to hire additional people with health restrictions. Two thirds said that they feel responsible for hiring people with disabilities or health problems, but only 11 percent actually intend to do so. 

Defibrillator
Oct 23 '17 16:40

A massive 170 thousand people in the Netherlands are registered with heart foundation Hartstichting as civilian aid workers able to help with a resuscitation. This makes the Netherlands the first country in the world with a  "fine-grained and nationwide network of registered civilian aid workers who can resuscitate someone if called via a call system", the foundation said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Health insurance
Oct 20 '17 14:00

Care agencies do not have enough possibilities to stop fraud with personal healthcare budgets, Dutch healthcare authority NZa concludes, calling for the rules to be adjusted, NOS reports.

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Oct 19 '17 13:50

The number of sick or injured Dutch removed from cruise ships and taken to hospital, increased sharply over the past years, according to the Eurocross Alarm Center. The alarm center expects that by the end of the year, this number will be around 135 - a 30 percent increase compared to two years ago. This is especially remarkable as the number of Dutch opting for a holiday on a cruise ship decreased over the past years, NOS reports.

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Oct 18 '17 09:21

Too little attention is paid to children and young people in the Groningen earthquake zone, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer said in a new study published on Wednesday. The study found that some of the 30 thousand kids and young people living in the area affected by gas extraction earthquakes, struggle to deal with the earthquakes and their consequences, AD reports.

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Oct 17 '17 16:00

Female workers are more likely to call in sick to work than their male counterparts, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. This difference is largest in the age group 25- to 35-years, where female workers are absent from work due to illness almost twice as much as men - 4.3 percent compared to 2.2 percent. According to the stats office, this can be attributed to illness during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Amsterdam Dance Event 2017
Oct 17 '17 10:40

The city of Amsterdam launched a drug safety campaign aimed at visitors to the Amsterdam Dance Event, taking place from Wednesday to Sunday. The campaign is aimed at encouraging all ADE attendees, particularly tourists, to seek medical help if they feel unwell after taking drugs, the city announced in a press release.

Oct 13 '17 15:10

Bird flu was diagnosed in chickens on a poultry farm in Sint Philipsland, which forms part of the Zeeland municipality of Tholen. The company's approximately 42 thousand laying hens were culled, NOS reports.

The authorities believe that this diagnosis involves a mild variant of the H5 virus. But as a mild variant can mutate into a highly contagious and deadly variant, European rules require the culling of affected animals. 

Oct 10 '17 09:23

A large fire broke out in a warehouse on Kromstraat in Valkenswaard on Monday night. Asbestos was found in the warehouse's roof. Released soot and ash spread across a wide area around the warehouse. Local residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed. The fire department is investigating whether asbestos polluted the surrounding area, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.

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Oct 9 '17 15:10

The new Dutch government is making 170 million euros extra available for early learning disability detection in very young kids, sources told the Telegraaf. 

With the extra money, the youngest toddlers, from 2.5 years, can spend more time at day care or play groups. The older kids in groups 1 and 2 will get more lessons, mostly focused on language problems. Lessons in these groups will increase from 10 hours per week to 16 hours per week. 

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Oct 9 '17 11:20

The new Dutch government is planning an experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation, to see if this legal cultivation will decrease organized crime and increase the safety of cannabis in the country. In the experiment, the government will give one organization a government license to grow cannabis, which will be distributed in six to 10 municipalities, RTL Nieuws reports.

Vaccine
Oct 9 '17 09:19

The high workload in healthcare in the Netherlands affects the health and private life of over three quarters of nurses, according to a survey profession association V&VN did among 17 thousand nurses. 64 percent of respondents also said that the quality of care is under severe pressure, AD reports.

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Oct 6 '17 14:50

Drones will be used to transport medicine from the Dutch mainland to the Wadden island of Schiermonnikoog in a new experiment by UMCG Ambulance Care and ANWB Medical Air Assistance, NU.nl reports.

The test involves three drones making a total of 30 flights from an unspecified location in Friesland to the helicopter port on the island. The municipality of Schiermonnikoog agreed to the test, under the condition that this will only involve medical flights. The island wants to deter commercial flights, because they disturb the peace.

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