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.
The Healthcare Inspectorate warns that there is a counterfeit batch of Jakavi (15 miligrams) - a drug used against bone marrow cancer - in circulation in the Netherlands. The forgery was discovered by a wholesaler in Germany. "Some of the fakes probably also ended up with Dutch patients", the Inspectorate said, ANP reports.
According to the Inspectorate, it has been established that the box and blister are fakes. Whether the tablets themselves are also fake, is not yet clear.
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.
Two boys with behavioral problems managed to slip away during school hours to go swimming, because of insufficient supervision by the staff of a school and a youth care institution in Zetten in Gelderland, three inspectorates concluded after investigation. As a result, one of the boys drowned in the Rhine river in May last year, NOS reports.
A three-year-old girl was found in a Rotterdam home with her dead mother last month, alderman Sven de Langen said in a letter to the municipal council. While some media reports suggested the girl may have been home alone with her mother's body for a week, the exact timeline is not yet known. The girl is now with a foster family and is doing well under the circumstances, the alderman wrote. He called the incident "tragic".
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.
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.
Missing 25-year-old Anne Faber 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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