The Rutte III government has too little regard for the thousands of vulnerable people in the Netherlands who do not receive the care that they need, the National Ombudsman, the Netherlands Court of Auditors and social and cultural planning office SCP said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is discussing the healthcare budget on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl reports.
A large shipment of stem cells will be slowly and carefully transported from Leiden to Amsterdam, under police escort, on Wednesday. This is expected to cause some inconvenience for motorists on the A4 highway, where at least one lane will be closed, a spokesperson for blood bank Sanquin told NU.nl.
The transport will start around noon, the spokesperson said.
A motorist became unwell while driving on the A5 highway at Westpoort on Monday morning. Other motorists saw it happen and pushed his car to a standstill against the guardrail. They then provided first aid while the emergency services responded. The police called it a "heroic act" on Twitter.
"We are very happy that people were so alert and helpful", a police spokesperson said to AT5. "They prevented worse from happening."
The fire department evacuated an office building in Bunnik on Monday after at least 21 people became unwell. There is no danger to the environment, the local safety office said on Twitter. Firefighters are taking measurements to find out what caused the symptoms, NU.nl reports.
Around 120 people work in the office building. They were given shelter at a nearby hotel while firefighters perform their work. One person had to go to hospital. The rest were treated by paramedics at the scene.
PvdD leader Marianne Thieme is temporarily stepping out of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, because she is ill. Exactly what illness she has, was not disclosed for privacy reasons. Thieme hopes to be healthy and working again in 16 weeks, her spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.
In addition to her work as parliamentarian, Thieme is also temporarily stopping her international work.
The Netherlands will organize and host a global World Health Organization conference against tobacco in 2020, was announced in Geneva on Saturday during the closing ceremony of the 8th Conference of Parties of the so-called WHO-FCTC treaty. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health took the initiative to bring the conference to the Netherlands, ANP reports.
A massive 63 percent of Dutch workers struggle to concentrate at work several times a month. 26 percent have trouble with this several times a week, according to a study by Zorg van de Zaak, a network of companies in the field of business care, among 1,1017 Dutch workers between the ages of 18 and 66 years, AD reports.
Hospitals in the Netherlands are starting to prepare for this year's flu season. Should there be an epidemic, extra personnel and extra beds will be deployed to prevent the hospitals overflowing, and other patients having to be sent away, De Gelderlander reports after speaking to a number of hospitals.
Early this year the Radboud UMC, Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital and the Rijstate Hospital, among others, struggled to keep up with the number of flu patients needing help. This resulted in emergency rooms having to refer patients to other hospitals.
One person died in a fire at healthcare center Hof van Batestein complex in Vianen on Monday morning. The fire started in a room on the third floor at around 4:30 a.m. Firefighters found the victim in the room after extinguishing the fire, NOS reports.
The fire department quickly got the fire under control. Due to smoke, the residents of other rooms on the third floor were evacuated.
The cause of the fire is not yet clear. The police and fire department are investigating.
A national hotline will be established in the Netherlands for people who are worried about someone showing disturbed behavior, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis said in a letter to parliament. That number will be available 24/7, and people who call it will get into contact with health professionals from a special reporting and advice point in their own region, NOS reports.
The city council of Groningen approved a proposal by the mayor and aldermen to ban smoking in public spaces around institutions that ask for such a ban. The city will be the first to set a public space smoking ban in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
Rutgers and SOA Aids Nederland are launching a new online campaign on Wednesday, World Contraception Day, aimed to also draw men's attention to contraception. According to the organizations, most of the responsibility of not becoming pregnant currently lies with women, while men are equally responsible for pregnancy, RTL Nieuws reports.
A decreasing number of Dutch consume alcohol, but those who do are drinking more and more, according to figures from the World Health Organization. According the the Dutch institution for alcohol policy STAP, the increase in alcohol consumption is especially significant among Dutch men, RTL Nieuws reports.
Judge Jan Wolter Wabeke officially withdrew from a lawsuit filed by a group of anti-smokers against the tobacco industry. On Monday the lawyer representing this group, Benedicte Ficq, accused the judge of being biased. Later in the day the court in The Hague granted Wabeke's request to withdraw, NOS reports.
Ficq told the media that he learned through an acquaintance that Wabeke had been "condescending" about this case while speaking in private, saying that smoking is the smoker's own responsibility. Ficq asked him to withdraw.
A cruise ship that arrived in Rotterdam on Thursday morning spent several hours in quarantine due to sick passengers. Dozens of passengers suffered from stomach problems, presumably due to a norovirus infection, NOS reports.
The norovirus causes gastroenteritis and is highly contagious. The ship, named AidaPerla, moored at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam on Thursday morning. During the trip around 70 passengers reported with symptoms of gastroenteritis. They were cared for on board.
The city of Groningen is working on banning smoking in open areas and on the street in certain places in the city. The municipality's Management and Traffic Committee discussed this ban on Wednesday evening, AD reports.
Seven people became unwell at a ROC school on Tempelhofstraat in Amsterdam West on Wednesday afternoon. The school was evacuated after a "strange smell" was noticed, which gave the seven people irritated airways and stinging eyes, Het Parool reports.
"Everyone was examined at the scene by present ambulance workers. Nobody needed to be taken to hospital for further examination", a spokesperson for the fire department said to the newspaper.
The Health Care Inspectorate closed the Arduin care institution in the Zeeland village of Aagtekerke with immediate effect. The 14 residents must be transferred to other healthcare institutions within seven days, the Inspectorate said, ANP reports.
Arduin offers residential care for people with intellectual disabilities. According to the Inspectorate, the institution's employees are unable to provide the proper care for their clients. The organization is also careless with freedom-restricting measures used on residents.
Surgeons at the University Medical Center in Groningen (UMCG) recently successfully performed the first surgeries with the help of the hospital's new surgical robot. The operations were successful and the patients are doing well, the hospital said in a statement on its website.
People in the Netherlands can expect to pay more on their health insurance next year. The government is expecting an average annual health insurance premium of 1,432 euros for next year, 124 euros more expensive than this year, sources in The Hague confirmed to NOS.
The healthcare deductible will remain stable at 385 euros. Coalition parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie agreed during formation negotiations that this amount will stay frozen for the duration of the Rutte III government period.
An 18-year-old woman from Rotterdam and her newborn baby boy are stuck in Egypt. The young woman went on holiday to Egypt without realizing that she was pregnant. She had the baby in a hotel room in an Egyptian seaside resort, and now they are not allowed to leave the country, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch schools must be legally obliged to ensure that their pupils exercise or play sports for 30 minutes twice a day, the Dutch Sports Council, the Education Council and the Council for Public Health and Society said in a report. "It is a compelling advice to the responsible ministers. We see more exercise as a national interest", Michael van Praag, chairman of the Sports Council, said to NOS. "It's not only healthy, children also learn better and cognitive skills increase when you move occasionally."
Starting this coming weekend, all Dutch teenagers will receive an invitation to get a vaccination against Meningococcus in the year that they turn 14 years old. The reason for this is an increase in type W of the bacteria, which can also be dangerous to teenagers and young people, unlike the other types which are mainly dangerous to young children, RTL Nieuws reports.
Half of the money dedicated to healthcare in the Netherlands is used by people aged 65 and over, according to information center Vektis. Last year 28 billion euros of the healthcare budget was spent on caring for the elderly, NU.nl reports.
Long-term care for the elderly carried the highest price tag last year at 11 billion euros. Hospital care followed in second place at 8.4 billion dollars, and district nursing in third at 2.8 billion euros. On average, the care for each person over the age of 65 costs 8,650 euros.