The way in which money is distributed among universities and technical universities in the Netherlands needs to change, according to a new report. More money needs to go to technical courses, so they can keep up with the growing demand. And universities should be less dependent on student numbers for their money, the committee concluded.
Enormous budget cuts to elderly care done by the Rutte II cabinet saved no money, according to a study by newspaper AD, De Groene Amsterdammer and Investico. The Rutte II cabinet thought to save 1.88 billion euros by being less quick to send elderly people to nursing home, but eventually not a cent was left of that amount, according to the study.
The Dutch government is expanding its anti-smoking policy, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health informed parliament on Wednesday. From 2020 supermarkets may no longer display cigarettes and tobacco products, with other retailers following two years later. Cigarette vending machines will also be banned in restaurants and bars.
From September 1st, teachers and other people who work with children and young people can call an especially established helpline for advice on how to deal with religious extremism and radicalization. The Dutch government is establishing the helpline based on advice from special reporter Naima Azough, AD reports.
Popular designer drug 4-Fluoroamphetamine, also known as 4-FA and 4-FMP, will be banned in the Netherlands beginning Thursday. The party drug will be on the classified as "List I" under the country's drug laws, meaning it will be labeled as a hard drug.
At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday the Netherlands commemorated the victims of World War II with two minutes of silence. Eleven people were arrested at or around the Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony on Dam Square in Amsterdam. According to the police, most committed minor offenses, AD reports.
The National Reading Days in the Netherlands kicked off on Wednesday morning with numerous Dutch celebrities reading to kids at breakfast at schools, kindergartens, daycares and libraries across the country, Het Parool reports.
The Dutch government is working on a legislative proposal to ban the visible display of tobacco products, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health informed parliament, ANP reports.
Van Rijn gave the involved industry associations until December 15th to come up with an alternative, but their plans were inadequate. According to Van Rijn, the organizations did not go far enough with their plans.
A majority in Dutch parliament passed a motion calling for a ban on displaying cigarettes and tobacos in every supermarket. The motion by PvdA parliamentarian Marith Volp also includes a deadline of enforcing this measure by December 1st, AD reports.
According to the motion, reducing the tobacco addiction is so important that tobacco products should be hidden from view, especially in places children and young people frequent.
More children and young people were admitted to secure youth institutions in the Netherlands this year, according to Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer based on her own research. She also found an increase in the number of emergency admissions, which mostly involve advanced problems, NOS reports.
All residents of Grootenhoek nursing home in Hellevoetsluis can now go to the bathroom whenever they need to, the nursing home assured State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health, the Telegraaf reports.
Earlier this week it was revealed that the nursing home, which forms part of Careyn care institution, had some of its residents sign a contract which said that they can only go to the bathroom on three set times per day.
Parliamentarians are furious about reports that residents of nursing home Grootenhoek in Hellevoetsluis only have three scheduled visits to the bathroom per day. The VVD plans to write a letter to State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health before the day is out, NOS reports.
RTV Rijnmond reported on Tuesday that at least one resident of the nursing home had to sign an agreement on when he will go to the bathroom. His bathroom visits are at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. According to his family, visiting the bathroom more often than this is very hard for him to do.
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.
Tobacco companies will soon no longer be allowed to sell cigarette packets in the Netherlands that have decorative elements on them, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health announced on Tuesday.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health believes the own risk healthcare deductibles of at least 385 euros per year are "quite justifiable", she said in NRC on Monday. According to her, parties speaking out against the deductibles are "not giving a fair representation of the situation."
About 50 percent of all claims on personal budget social care policies still have problems, according to a sample survey at social insurance bank SVB, which is responsible for paying these claims. Most of these problems do not involve misappropriation funds, but administrative errors such as a missing signature, a spokesperson for the SVB said to the Telegraaf.
A large number of nursing homes can’t handle caretaker responsibilities for older people, according to a new report published by the Netherlands health inspectorate IGZ. There are severe concerns in 11 situations, with another 38 of the 150 studied care facilities not providing adequate health care.
State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health allocated 13.2 million euros for improving care for disabled people and getting it ready for the future, he wrote to parliament on Friday
Former Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert was appointed to lead the fight against truancy in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday. His job will be to enforce agreements made in a Truancy Pact made with the aim of having not a single child out of school for more than 3 months by 2020.
The ruling coalition of VVD and PvdA reached an agreement on spending 1.2 billion euros next year on reversing scheduled cuts. The PvdA negotiated for reversing a cutback back on elderly- and disabled care and pushing money into education. The VVD fought for spending money on security by filling holes in the Defense and Security and Justice budgets
GroenLinks parliamentarian Naima Azough was appointed the Netherlands' new special rapporteur on religious extremism. Up until the end of the year, her job will be to identify what works and what doesn't in the fight against radicalization and extremism in the Netherlands
At least 38 children are staying in a closed institution without a court ruling that they could be there. These children were admitted to the institution based on their own or their parents' decision
The government is launching a full investigation into physical abuse of children who were removed from their homes by child welfare. The investigation, launched based on the advice of the De Winter committee, will span from 1945 until present.
A shortage of specialist community nurses is leading to kids having to stay longer in hospital than medically necessary. This extra time in hospital because no home care is available can easily run up to 12 weeks, according to nurses organization V&VN.