Healthcare Inspectorate

Anne Faber
Oct 13 '17 07:59

Missing was found dead in the woods on holiday park Horsterwold in Zeewolde on Thursday afternoon. Her body was taken to the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague for investigation. At around 9:00 p.m. the police announced on Twitter that their investigation at the scene was done and the area is open to the public again.

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Sep 25 '17 16:20

Interpol intercepted over 25 million illegal and potentially dangerous medicines in an international operation involving 123 countries. In the Netherlands, customs officers seized 50 thousand illegal medicines, the Healthcare Inspectorate said in a press release, RTL Nieuws reports. 

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Sep 25 '17 15:40

Apeldoorn brothers Jamrad (32) and Jahid (31) P. are in court this week to defend themselves against accusations that they molested dozens of patients, including underage girls, in their dentist practices in Deventer and Halle. According to the victims, some of them only 13-years-old, the dentist and orthodontist casually touched their breasts and buttocks while they were in the patient chair, and then pretended it was an accident, De Gelderlander reports.

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Jul 27 '17 11:50

The call centers for national emergency number 112 and Ambulance Amsterdam are not up to the task of handling a peak in callers, according to an investigation into the availability of these call centers during a massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds in January. This resulted in life-threateningly long waiting times, Het Parool reports.

The investigation was done by the Inspectorates for Healthcare and Security and Justice and the Telecom Agency. The investigators concluded that the availability of 112 falls short during great peaks and must improve. 

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Apr 24 '17 12:05

Union FNV Care and Welfare warns of a massive shortage in paramedics and ambulance staff in the near future. In the short term, the union is especially concerned about safety on King's Day. "Given the number of people on the move that day, it can lead to irresponsible situations", Fred Seifert of FNV said to broadcaster NOS.

The union sent a letter about the situation to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health and the Healthcare Inspectorate, but so far got no response. Which is why FNV decided to sound the alarm in the media, Seifert said.

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Apr 20 '17 08:55

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is launching an internal investigation following the death of one of its psychiatric patients in an on Wednesday morning. The 37-year-old man .

Apr 6 '17 13:45

An orthodontist who works in Deventer and Halle is not allowed to work on any female patients while the police and Healthcare Inspectorate are investigating reports of "inappropriate touching", RTL reports.

Several women reported that "inappropriate touching" from the orthodontist, the Healthcare Inspectorate said. It is therefore plausible that he acted inappropriately.

The ban on treating female patients will remain in place until the disciplinary court ruled on the matter.

The orthodontist denies the allegations. 

Mar 24 '17 16:00

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.

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Mar 20 '17 10:04

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. 

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Feb 10 '17 15:35

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.

Pregnant
Dec 28 '16 08:18

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.

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Dec 1 '16 13:00

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.

Nov 16 '16 10:09

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.

Nov 3 '16 13:35

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.

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Nov 1 '16 07:49

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.

Pregnant
Sep 27 '16 13:50

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

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Sep 7 '16 11:10

A group of medical professionals filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Public Health over uncertainty surrounding prescription of the so-called abortion pill

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Sep 2 '16 11:50

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

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Aug 26 '16 13:30

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.

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May 26 '16 16:20

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"

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Apr 14 '16 15:55

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

asylum seekers
Mar 24 '16 15:40

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.

Mar 10 '16 09:27

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

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Jan 15 '16 10:45

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

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