Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports

Nov 16 '16 10:45

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. 

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Nov 15 '16 11:50

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health won the , was announced at the award ceremony in Amsterdam on Monday. She is "proud" of the award, she said in a first reaction, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 8 '16 08:50

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.

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Nov 3 '16 09:16

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. 

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Nov 2 '16 14:10

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.

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Nov 1 '16 09:57

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, head of intelligence service AIVD Rob Bertholee and chat-app WhatsApp are the three nominees for this year's Big Brother Awards. The Big Brother Award is annually awarded to the biggest privacy violator of the year by Bits of Freedom, NU.nl reports.

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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.

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Oct 26 '16 13:20

The VVD is very much against setting a minimum age to qualify for euthanasia after a full or completed life. In a parliamentary debate on the government's plan, VVD parliamentarian Arno Rutte called it inappropriate because it would make people who reach that age feel uncomfortable with the idea that their lives are now "complete", the Telegraaf reports.

Oct 19 '16 14:45

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is removing the "conscious choice" check marks from food products. The check mark on food packaging indicates whether the product fits with a healthy lifestyle

Oct 18 '16 12:10

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.

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Oct 14 '16 09:08

Ajax decided to replace the artificial turf on four training fields in training complex De Toekomst. These turfs contain the much discussed rubber granules. And the Amsterdam team decided to rather remove the turfs as a precaution after a number of scientists expressed concerns about possible health risks to players

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Oct 13 '16 08:17

The Dutch government wants to adjust the Euthanasia Act so that people who aren't sick, but feel that their life is completed, can end their lives with assisted suicide. This will only be allowed under "strict and rigorous criteria", the government wrote to parliament. The majority of parliamentarians support the plan.

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Oct 5 '16 08:54

Playing football on artificial turf may be dangerous to footballers' health, according to Zembla. Almost all artificial turf fields contain rubber granules, which have been linked to cancer.

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Oct 4 '16 11:20

The costs to get rid of the own risk healthcare deductibles will cost 4.5 billion euros, according to calculations by the Central Planning Bureau. Previous calculations said 3.7 billion euros

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Sep 30 '16 09:21

Most Dutch parliamentarians support a plan to increase the maximum age for IVF treatments from 43 years to 50 years. Only the small Christian parties are still objecting, Trouw reports. 

The maximum age for IVF treatment in the Netherlands is currently 43 years old. But according to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, doctors believe that IVF is possible up to the age of 50 without taking irresponsible medical risks. Fifty is also the age in the new doctor's guideline.

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Sep 20 '16 15:00

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."

Sep 16 '16 09:55

Babies should be vaccinated against the Rotavirus, a number of experts said in the Volkskrant on Friday. Every year six or seven children in the Netherlands die after being infected with the virus and an estimated 5 thousand children a year end up in the hospital.

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Sep 9 '16 08:14

The Dutch government is investing more money to help poor families, the elderly and partners of the chronically ill. The government is also pushing extra money into Defense, according to leaked Budget Day documents RTL Nieuws managed to get hold of.

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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

Sep 7 '16 09:36

The premium for basic health insurance will increase with about 3,50 euros next year, bringing the premium to 103 euros per month, AD reports based on Budget Day documents the newspaper managed to get a look at.

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Sep 6 '16 07:35

Minster Edith Schippers of Public Health wants the Dutch to "rise up" against Islamic radicalism and to protect the Dutch culture, which she finds "much better" than other cultures, she said at the Hendrik Jan Schoo speech in Amsterdam on Monday. She thinks a freedom coalition should be formed against Islam

Aug 30 '16 15:00

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.

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Aug 24 '16 16:10

On Wednesday afternoon the Dutch athletes who won medals at the Olympic Games gathered at the Ministry of General Affairs where they were personally congratulated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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Aug 17 '16 12:45

The Dutch government is working on a plan to support retiring athletes and help them find a new job, Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said in Rio de Janeiro, where the Summer Olympics are currently taking place

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