The already existing staff shortages in the Netherlands' healthcare sector are becoming "even more pressing in the fight against the coronavirus," nurses' and carers' professional organization NU'91 said to RTL Nieuws.
The Euthanasia Expertise Center received a record number of 3,122 requests for help last year, an increase of 22 percent compared to 2018. "Every working day, 13 people come to us and say: Help me, I can't go on. The need is great," Steven Pleiter, director of the center, said to NOS.
Enschede, Middelburg, Kampen, and Emmen are facing such a shortage of general practitioners that residents have to wait months before finding a permanent doctor. A further eleven cities are on the brink of facing the same situation, the Volkskrant reported based on its own research
Interns in healthcare are very often left to their own devices, instructed to care for patients without being carefully shown how to perform medical tasks, according to reports from around 2 thousand interns, students and care workers collected by union FNV. According to the union, the staff shortages in healthcare lead to interns being used as fully-trained healthcare workers, while they do not yet have the experience or training for this.
Staff shortages and the elimination of birthing rooms in hospitals are leading to dangerous situations for pregnant mothers and their babies, the Netherlands' association for obstetricians KNOV warned in De Telegraaf.
"Our obstetricians have to move further and further with their pregnant clients and ask for a place at other hospitals," KNOV director Charlotte de Schepper said to De Telegraaf. "For example, we have reports that an obstetrician had to go from Houten to Gorinchem or from Leeuwarden to Amsterdam."
The number of young people picking studies in sectors facing major staff shortages is increasing, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from the association for universities of applied sciences Vereniging Hogescholen. The number of students studying to become teachers and nurses in particularly increased.
A third of childcare organizations cannot offer extra out-of-school care to parents during the upcoming teachers' strike, because they simply do not have enough staff to manage it, according to a poll by Brancheorganisatie Kinderopvang, NOS reports.
Waiting lists for specialist treatments at hospitals and clinics in the Netherlands are still on the rise. The average waiting times for most specialties were considerably higher last year than four years ago, and in almost all cases exceeded the applicable standards, the Telegraaf reports based on recent figures from Mediquest.
Employers want to solve the staff shortages in many sectors in the Netherlands by making part-time workers work more hours, according to a memorandum from employers' associations AWVN, MKB-Nederland, and VNO-NCW, the Telegraaf reports.
Hospitals and other care institutions in the Netherlands are spending more and more on temporary workers. Between 2015 and 2018, the costs involved in hiring temps increased by 49 percent, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
Amsterdam is taking drastic measures in an attempt to cope with capacity problems at the police. A number of specialized police teams will be disbanded, so that more attention can be paid to basic police work, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council.
Police officers are struggling with a massive workload due to increasing duties and a growing staff shortage, police unions ACP, NPB, VMHP and ANPV warned at a press conference in The Hague on Thursday. They call on the Justice Minister, the police leadership, mayors, and the Public Prosecution Service to pick which crimes will get priority in the coming year, because the police "can't do everything", NOS reports.
The Amsterdam police's investigation team that deals with serious and organized crime is being disbanded due to staff shortages. The around 30 police officers who work in the team will be transferred to other departments by the end of the year, AD reports.
The number of young doctors in the Netherlands struggling with burnout symptoms increased significantly over the past two years, according to a quickscan study by care providers' organization VvAA. Currently 20 percent of doctors under the age of 35 have burnout symptoms, compared to 13 percent two years ago, the Volkskrant reports.
At 20 percent with burnout symptoms, young doctors score far worse than the national average of 15 percent and their older colleagues at 11 percent.
Municipalities and the police are very concerned about the new Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act that takes effect on January 1st. They worry that the law will result in even more people with serious mental health problems being treated at home. And because there is already not enough outpatient care to help people at home 24/7, this will increase the pressure on the police, Liesbeth Spies, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn and chairman of the Society of Dutch Mayors, said to Nieuwsuur.
Employers should be extra alert to fake diplomas when hiring new employees, the council for secondary vocational education in the Netherlands MBO Raad warns. The council is receiving more and more signals of fake diplomas, especially from sectors facing staff shortages such as healthcare and installation technology, MBO Raad chairman Ton Heerts said in a statement.
On Wednesday, November 20th, hospital staff across the Netherlands will do the hospital variant of a strike - refuse to perform any of their non-emergency duties. This is the first national strike by hospital workers ever in the Netherlands, unions FNV, FBZ, NU'91 and CNV said, NOS reports.
A large part of the 30 thousand youth care workers in the Netherlands are striking on Monday, for the first time in Dutch history. They demand that the government provide solutions for problems caused by budget cuts and decentralization in the past years. Staff shortages lead to heavy workloads and waiting lists for children who need help, NU.nl reports.
Due to staff shortages and an increasing number of cases, the police can't immediately pick up all sex crime cases reported to them. At least 350 cases per year wait months to sometimes a year before the police have time to start the investigation and question the suspected perpetrator, the police confirmed to Nieuwsuur after the program's own investigation.
The judges in family court are very concerned about the waiting lists for youth protection. Some families have to wait months for youth care workers to become available. Vulnerable children become the victims of staff shortages, the judges warned, RTL Nieuws reports.
Patients at a quarter of the mental health institutes in the Netherlands spent more time in solitary confinement in 2017 than in 2014, according to a study done by Investico for De Groene Amsterdammer and Trouw.
Eastern Europe is flourishing, with falling unemployment and rising wages. While this is great news for countries like Romania and Poland, it is a blow to the Dutch business world. Especially for companies that are increasingly dependent on migrant workers, ABN Amro said in a new report on labor migration, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police plan to address problems at its forensic investigation department caused by staff shortages and outdated tech at the root - by hiring 200 new police officers and investing in new technology, AD reports.
The summer holiday season - the busiest time of the year at Schiphol airport - is starting on Saturday and the airport's passport control is understaffed. There are still not enough Koninklijke Marechaussee officers at Schiphol to monitor travelers, and as the peak season gets going, this could lead to long lines and delays, the Telgraaf reports.