Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports

Paul Blokhuis
Jul 18 '18 12:20

The government is pushing an extra 2 million euros per year into suicide prevention foundation 113 Zelfmoordpreventie, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health announced on Wednesday. He hopes that this extra money will help reduce the number of suicides and attempts thereto in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

Until now 113 received an annual subsidy of 3.4 million euros. That amount is now increasing to 5.4 million euros. "Every suicide represents a world of sorrow and powerlessness", Blokhuis said. "We must continue to make every effort to reduce the number of suicides."

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Jul 6 '18 09:07

Some 19 thousand Dutch teenagers drink too many energy drinks and therefore run health risks, public health institute RIVM concluded after a study. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is talking with various organizations about measures, NOS reports.

According to the RIVM, the consumption of energy drinks among teenagers declined over the past years. But about 1 to 2 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years drink three cans or more per day. They therefore run an increased risk of cardiac arrhythmia and their central nervous system being affected. 

Paul Blokhuis
Jul 3 '18 12:10

State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health will critically look into the cause of the increased number of suicides in the Netherlands, he said on Tuesday. He wants to know what caused the increase, and whether it is a one-time peak or if something else is going on, NU.nl reports.

Eggs
Jun 25 '18 15:10

Both the Dutch egg sector and the government did not give food safety high enough priority when it came to the of last year, a committee headed by former Minister Winnie Sorgdrager concluded after investigating the crisis. The previous government also did not properly inform parliament about what was going on, the committee found, ANP reports.

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Jun 13 '18 15:40

At least one in 20 Dutch over 65-year-olds who still live at home face physical, psychological or financial abuse, according to a large-scale study among Dutch senior citizens commissioned by the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports, NOS reports. 

The perpetrator is often a family member, acquaintance or neighbor. In six out of ten cases, the perpetrator is male. In most cases, the abuse occurs more than once. Almost a third of victims report being abused 11 or more times. As they get older, the elderly are more often abused. 

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Jun 13 '18 08:39

Smokers inhale much higher doses of harmful substances than is stated on their cigarette packages, according to a study by Dutch public health institute RIVM. The researchers found that the amount of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide is at least twice as high as manufacturers claim, ANP reports.

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Jun 12 '18 08:40

The chance that the Vuelta a España will start in Utrecht in 2020 increased considerably on Monday. The Provincial States made a contribution of 2.1 million euros available for the organization involved in being the cycling event's starting point, NU.nl reports.

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May 18 '18 12:00

The branch organization for the Dutch hospitality sector KHN is considering submitting a compensation claim on behalf of restaurants and bars if the government decides to . The organization calls for a longer transition period, a spokesperson for KHN confirmed to NU.nl.

iQOS
May 16 '18 10:20

The Dutch government plans to hold so-called smoke-free cigarettes to the same rules that apply to ordinary tobacco products. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is implementing an age limit and a ban on advertising on these products, NU.nl reports. 

"Around this type of product is often the image that they are a smart alternative to ordinary smoking", Blokhuis said. According to him, that idea is misplaced, "because you can become mortally ill of it."

Camp Vught
May 4 '18 14:10

The Dutch government is giving the former WWII concentration camps in Amersfoort and Vught each a once-off amount of 1 million euros for expansion and education, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced, NOS reports.

Beer
May 1 '18 09:20

Underage teenagers can order beer from most sports clubs in the Netherlands without any problems. The vast majority of sports club canteens do not check IDs before serving alcohol to young people, according to a study commissioned by the government, NOS reports.

Over 82 percent of football clubs sell alcohol to underage teenagers. Less than 19 percent of hockey clubs check IDs. Tennis clubs and sports halls did not perform much better, with 24 and 25 percent respectively checking IDs. 

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Apr 16 '18 16:00

Ministers Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and Sander Dekker of Medical Care presented an action plan to improve youth care in the Netherlands. "The interests of the child are still too often not the first priority", the Ministers said, NOS reports.

Paul Blokhuis
Apr 12 '18 12:30

The government plans to start the first social service trial projects for young people by this summer. The social service period for Dutch young people will officially start halfway through next year, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, ANP reports.

Paul Blokhuis
Apr 11 '18 09:40

The government is threatening to fine health insurers that don't do their utmost to shorten waiting lists for mental healthcare, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said to the Volkskrant.

This is one of the measures Blokhuis has planned to tackle waiting lists in mental health care. Others include asking patients to be more assertive, and making it possible to place care providers under stricter supervision. 

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Apr 10 '18 14:30

Dutch healthcare authority NZa has until January 1st to determine which nursing homes in the Netherlands are the best, and these will serve as the norm for all nursing homes in the country, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health wrote in a report on improving nursing home care, NOS reports.

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Apr 6 '18 07:27

The Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports wants to close all smoking areas in restaurants in bars, restaurants and other catering establishments in the Netherlands within two years. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis will announce this on Friday, sources in The Hague told NOS.

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Mar 27 '18 11:00

The Dutch Health Council wants the government to make available to population groups that are at higher risk of being infected by the virus, such as homosexual men. According to the Health Council, the pill is medically- and cost effective and should be considered "essential care" for high risk groups, NOS reports.

The Health Council looked into Prep at the request of former Health Minister Edith Schippers.

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Mar 20 '18 13:50

Over 700 thousand elderly people in the Netherlands are sometimes lonely, according to a report by the Ministry of Public Health. That number is expected to increase to 1.1 million by 2030. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge presented a set of measures to combat loneliness among the elderly, and the government is investing 26 million euros into the plan over the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports.

Paul Blokhuis
Mar 19 '18 15:10

State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is back at work after a leave of absence following his . On Twitter he thanked the people of the Netherlands for the support they showed his family during this difficult time.

Hugo de Jonge
Mar 16 '18 15:40

Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health calls it "very worrisome" that the so-called suicide powder claimed a victim. A 19-year-old girl from Uden in Noord-Brabant committed suicide using the drug three weeks ago. She ordered it online, ANP reports.

The Public Prosecutor launched an investigation into the girl's death. The investigation must also show whether Cooperatie Laaste Wil (CWL), who wants to distribute the powder among people who wish to die, was involved in the young woman's death. De Jonge finds it good that the Prosecutor launched an investigation.

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Mar 14 '18 13:20

The Dutch government is pushing 347 million euros into reducing staff shortages in healthcare. This money will go to training, work- and intern positions, and regional action plans, among other things, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.

Paul Blokhuis
Feb 27 '18 10:10

The 18-year-old daughter of State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health passed away suddenly on Sunday. She was admitted to the University Medical Center in Utrecht late last week with severe cognitive loss symptoms believed to be caused by an autoimmune disease, a spokesperson for Blokhuis said, NOS reports.

Hugo de Jonge
Feb 26 '18 12:50

Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health admitted on talk show Jinek that he spends time in a sunbed at least twice a month, thereby flabbergasting Dutch skin doctors. "Very unwise and dangerous", the Dutch association for dermatology and venereology NVDV responded, according to RTL Nieuws.

Mark Rutte
Feb 2 '18 08:38

Today is the Rutte III government's 100th day in office. Yet many of the ministers in the government are still just as unknown to the Dutch public as when they took office, according to a study by Kantar Public, BNR reports.

The most anonymous members of the Rutte III government are Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, and Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care and Sports. Only 7 percent of respondents knew who they are. Hugo de Jonge, Minster of Public Health, Welfare and Sports, did slightly better with 12 percent of respondents knowing who he is.

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