Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports

Rainbow flag
Oct 11 '19 13:02

Students at the Trinitas Gymnasium in Almere were threatened after they arranged a number of activities at school for "Coming Out Day" on Friday, according to letters the school sent to parents, Omroep Flevoland reports.

The students involved had arranged a number of activities for Coming Out Day, including local alderman Jerzy Soetekouw coming to raise a rainbow flag at the school. The activities were arranged at the students initiative, and the school gave them room to do so. 

Rainbow hearts
Oct 11 '19 12:37

State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health wants to break through the taboo among young people on talking about their sexual  orientation. To do so he launched a hashtag and renewed a website where children unsure about their sexual identity can discuss it with other people from the LGBTQ community.

Opioids
Oct 11 '19 09:20

The Dutch government launched an information website where doctors and patients can get factual and easy-to-understand information on opioids, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care announced along with other measures taken in the fight against painkiller addiction in the Netherlands. 

E-cigarette
Oct 7 '19 11:20

Dutch pulmonologists want the government to completely ban e-cigarettes in the country. "We don't want any more e-cigarettes coming into the Netherlands", Leon van den Toorn, chairman of the Dutch association for doctors specializing in pulmonary diseases and tuberculosis NVLAT, said in an interview with newspaper AD.

According to Van den Toorn, there are multiple "worrying developments" around e-cigarettes. At least eight Dutch people have reported to lung doctors with complaints sustained after using e-cigarettes, he said. One of them ended up in intensive care. 

Domestic abuse
Oct 4 '19 08:40

Women's shelters in the Netherlands are crowded to such an extent that women who have to flee in a hurry from their violent partner can not always count on an emergency bed. In order to still offer safe shelter to domestic abuse victims, dozens of women are accommodated in hotels every year, NOS reports based on its own research. 

Child drinking water
Sep 25 '19 12:50

Today is the first ever 'Tap Water Day' in the Netherlands. Today, kids will only get water to drink at school and will get lessons on water and its benefits, in an effort to make water drinking more normal than drinking sugary sodas. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health kicked off Tap Water Day at primary school Diamant in Het Rooster in Apeldoorn, RTL Nieuws reports.

Health insurance
Sep 25 '19 08:59

At least 85 large healthcare companies in the Netherlands have been making unusually large profits for at least two years, according to research by journalistic platforms Pointer, Reporter Radio, and Follow the Money. These companies made at least 10 percent in profit these past two years, while profit rates of 2 to 3 percent are usual in the healthcare sector.

Pills
Sep 23 '19 08:19

The number of reports of shortages and imminent shortages of medicines in the Netherlands increased significantly this year and is expected to double compared to last year, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care said in an interview with newspaper AD.

Health insurance
Sep 5 '19 08:09

Health insurance premiums in the Netherlands will increase slightly next year, by around 3 euros per month. A basic health insurance policy will cost nearly 40 euros more per year, the government will announce on Budget Day, AD reports based on sources in The Hague.

1280px-VariousPills
Sep 2 '19 12:50

On Monday Amsterdam is starting with the national PrEP program, a nationwide experiment in which the HIV prevention pill is prescribed to a limited number of people with a higher risk of contracting the disease. From today, up to 1,700 gay and transgender Amsterdam residents can sign up for the program through the GGD Amsterdam site.

Pia Dijkstra
Sep 2 '19 12:00

Early next year coalition party D66 will submit a legislative proposal to make assisted suicide possible at the end of a "full" and "completed" life, parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra said in an interview with newspaper AD. The bill is a sensitive topic for Christian parties and coalition partners CDA and ChristenUnie, according to the newspaper.

Paul Blokhuis
Aug 30 '19 14:50

The ChristenUnie's stance on same sex marriage - that it should not be allowed - is up for debate. ChristenUnie State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said that he wanted to discuss this anti-gay marriage stance with his party in an interview with EO radio program Dit is de dag. "I would really like to have that conversation with the party, yes", he said, NOS reports.

Bruno Bruins
Aug 27 '19 09:16

Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care is threatening to name and shame pharmaceutical companies that charge sky-high price for their medicines for unknown reasons. In this way he hopes to increase social pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to keep their prices on an affordable level, the Minister said in an open letter in the Volkskrant on Tuesday. 

Stethoscope
Aug 14 '19 08:45

From next year, care providers in psychiatric care will be allowed to use coercive measures against uncooperative patients. Blocking a wheelchair, using writs bands as cuffs, and confinement will soon be permitted in extreme cases, AD reports based on forms from which care providers will work next year.

New legislation that will be implemented on January 1st makes it possible to force uncooperative patients with a mental disorder or intellectual disability to receive treatment. The forms in AD's possession show how that will be done in practice. 

Pills
Aug 1 '19 15:30

From today GGD health institutions will start providing the HIV prevention pill PrEP and the medical care that comes with it. The pill is intended for homosexual men, who are at higher risk of contracting HIV. The GGDs expect that thousands of men will want to use PrEP, NOS reports.

People smoking on a platform at Amsterdam Amstel Station, 8 Feb 2018
Jul 31 '19 07:35

ProRail wants to ban smoking at all train stations in the Netherlands. If the rail manager has its way, all smoking zones will disappear at the some 400 stations within the next two years, a spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.

ProRail receives many complaints from travelers who are bothered by smokers, the spokesperson said. The company therefore does not want to wait for a national smoking ban. "That's why we take the lead ourselves." The rail manager is currently working on convincing all parties involved to support the plan.

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 30 '19 09:27

More and more Dutch restaurants and bars are banning smoking on their terraces. Last year the country counted 39 terraces that were completely or partly smoke-free, now there are 113, according to figures from anti-smoking organization Clean Air Nederland. The vast majority of terraces still allow smoking - there are thousands of terraces in the Netherlands.

Elderly people sitting on a park bench
Jul 24 '19 10:10

While the summer is a time of fun and vacation for many people in the Netherlands, it is often a time of loneliness for the country's senior citizens. Research by seniors' organization KBO-PCOB shows that 15 percent of Dutch elderly feel more lonely in the summer than in the rest of the year. To address this, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport launched a campaign against summer loneliness. 

Vaccination
Jul 1 '19 17:40

Parents are too free to decide whether or not to vaccinate their child, an investigative committee on childcare and vaccination said in a report on Monday. Participation in the National Vaccination Program should be made a condition for access to childcare, the committee advises. If this has no effect, the Dutch government should consider a "general vaccination obligation laid down by law", NU.nl reports.

Vaccination
Jun 24 '19 19:30

The vaccination rate in the Netherlands remained stable last year, seeming to indicate that the declining trend over the past years is coming to an end, public health institute RIVM announced on Monday.

Hugo de Jonge
Jun 20 '19 16:00

The Dutch government launched an information campaign this week to help incurably ill people talk about death with their loved ones. The campaign is aimed at having a good conversation about how people want to go through the final phase of their life, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said to newspaper Trouw.

"I want people to think much more about what they want. To express how they want to be supported in the last period. That they can die in the place they choose. It makes dying less difficult, less lonely, less painful", the Minister said.

Pia Dijkstra
Jun 12 '19 09:30

Parliamentarians from both opposition and coalition parties expressed concerns about increasingly intimidating anti-abortion, anti-choice demonstrations at abortion clinics in the Netherlands. Oppositions parties GroenLinks, PvdA, SP, PvdD and 50Plus and ruling party VVD issued a joint call to protect women's right to safely choose abortion, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.

Awareness campaign on elderly abuse - "It does not stop, until you do something"
Jun 12 '19 08:42

One in 20 elderly people in the Netherlands face abuse. Ministers Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and Sander Dekker for Legal Protection launched a television campaign to increase awareness on how to recognize and report the abuse of the elderly people. New commercials for the campaign will start appearing on television this week.

Tools for a circumcision
May 31 '19 15:20

The Healthcare Inspectorate will look into circumcisions performed by people with no medical training. Every year in the Netherlands, 10 to 15 thousand Jewish and Muslim boys are circumcised by non-doctors for religious reasons, Nieuwsuur reports based on its own investigation.

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