Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports

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Feb 2 '17 10:07

The Netherlands could significantly decrease healthcare costs by using new technologies and being smarter about the organization of care, according to employers' organizations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland in a healthcare vision they have for the new government. According to the vision, the Netherlands can save at least 1.5 billion euros in healthcare costs per year, the Telegraaf reports. 

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Feb 2 '17 09:47

The lower house of Dutch parliament is against a measure proposed by Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) to force disturbed persons to be admitted for observation if needed, government party PvdA confirmed to NU.nl.

"Vulnerable people with mental illness can better be helped by giving them the proper care sooner, so that the violent measure of forced admission can be prevented", PvdA parliamentarian Lea Bouwmeester said to the newspaper. "That should really be first to order, before state coercion is used."

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Jan 25 '17 10:42

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. 

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Jan 10 '17 13:45

Kicking a GHB addiction is one of the most difficult to do, similar to getting rid of a heroin addiction, according to researchers at Radboud University in a study done on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Public Health. The reason for this, the researchers concluded, is that GHB addicts only see the positive effects of the drug, even long after going through withdrawal and losing dependency, the Volkskrant reports. 

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Jan 6 '17 10:49

Euthanasia is hardly ever approved for advanced dementia patients, despite the fact that the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice gave the go ahead that it can be given to dementia patients who requested it in a written declaration while they were still lucid. Since the euthanasia request declaration system was implemented end 2015, there's only been three known cases of it being used, the Volkskrant reports based on information from the euthanasia review committees RTE.

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Dec 30 '16 09:57

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health wants to reduce the number of abortions in the Netherlands. Currently there are about 30 thousand abortions in the country per year and she finds that far too many, she said in an interview with Nederlands Dagblad, ANP reports.

This is the first time Schippers is giving an opinion on the number of abortions in the country.

Dec 23 '16 13:55

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. 

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Dec 23 '16 10:50

Last year Dutch sports federation NOC*NSF received 215 reports of sexual abuse from athletes. "Every case of sexual abuse is one too many", Minister Edith Schippers of Sports said about the figure, RTL Nieuws reports.

Athletes can report any form of unacceptable behavior, such as abuse of power, doping, bribery and sexual abuse, at the NOC*NSF contact point. Last year there were 269 reports, 80 percent of which involved sexual abuse. 

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Dec 6 '16 10:56

An investigation was launched into youth institution Pactum and Youth Protection Gelderland following reports that a convicted sex offender managed to have at least three foster children placed with him in 2011, AD and the Gelderlander reports.

The investigation is being done by the Ministries of Security and Justice and Public Health, Welfare and Sports, according to the newspapers.

Nov 25 '16 12:35

Dutch doctor drew up a list of 1,366 treatments that are not scientifically proven to be effective. This rather-not list was presented to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health on Friday, the Volkskrant reports.

International studies show that only about half of what doctors do in hospitals is based on scientific evidence, according to the newspaper. The other half is done based on common sense, empathy, risk aversion, ambition or money, according to a report by the NFU - dome organization of eight teaching hospitals in the Netherlands. 

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Nov 17 '16 10:11

A number of cardiac patients were used as unwitting test subjects for a new treatment method at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, RTL Nieuws reports after speaking with two such patients. Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health ordered an investigation into this practice.

The treatment involved is called catheteriztion with a cryo-balloon - a new method to treat atrial fibrilation, better known as cardiac arrhythmia. The method was developed by Canadian researchers and involves a catheter with a frozen balloon at the end. It is considered a better treatment with fewer complications. 

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 Big Brother Award for privacy violation, 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. 

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. 

Elderly Hospital
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.

Elderly Hospital
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.

Ajax Club
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.

Football
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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