One in five have trouble sleeping, women have more problems than men

Waiting lists and travelling times mount following abortion clinic bankruptcy

One in five people in the Netherlands have trouble sleeping and women are more likely to have problems than men, according to research by national statistics agency CBS to coincide with World Sleep Day. People on low incomes are also more likely to sleep badly, as are older people. And four in 10 say their sleeping problems means they work less efficiently and have bad moods. While just 8% of 12 to 16-year-olds complain about not sleeping well, that rises to 28% among the over-75s. Older women are the least likely to sleep well. Almost one third of women aged 55 to 65 report sleep problems, compared with one in five men of the same age. Medication Research by Erasmus University last year said older women are more than twice as likely as men to take medication to help them sleep.   Women are more likely to have trouble falling asleep than men, they wake up more often and use more drugs. For example, 17.% of women over the age of 65 take medicine to help them sleep, compared with 6.1% of men. Although 90% of the Dutch do sleep enough ‘that does not mean we all sleep well,’ Eus van Someren of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience told broadcaster NOS last year. ‘We have trouble falling asleep, use drugs and have difficulty waking up. We really have to tackle this.’  More >

Healthcare job vacancies hit 130,000

Waiting lists and travelling times mount following abortion clinic bankruptcy The Dutch healthcare sector will have to fill 130,000 jobs this year and there are no candidates for a growing number of functions, the state jobs agency UWV said on Monday. More than one million people currently work in care services, of whom 23% are over the age of 55 and approaching retirement age, the UWV said in a new report. 'We are getting new people fresh from training but far from enough,' UWV labour market expert Mechelien van der Aalst told broadcaster NOS. Hospitals, home care groups and mental health services are grappling with the biggest shortages of staff. 'Hospitals have no more leeway,' Willem de Boer, of the Dutch hospitals association told NOS. 'Hospital personnel are under a great deal of strain and many are working extra shifts.' In some cases operations have been cancelled and specialist care units have called a halt to new admissions because of the shortage of trained staff, he said. Health minister Bruno Bruins is due to outline how he plans to tackle the shortage of healthcare staff to parliament on Wednesday.  More >

More euthanasia in the Netherlands

Waiting lists and travelling times mount following abortion clinic bankruptcy The number of people helped to die under Dutch euthanasia legislation rose 8% last year to 6,585, the regional monitoring committee said on Wednesday. Of them, 99.8% were carried out carefully and in line with the guidelines, the committee says in its 2017 annual report. In almost 90% of cases, the patient was suffering from cancer, heart and artery disease or diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson and MS. Three patients were in the advanced stage of dementia and 166 were in earlier stages. In 83 cases, the patient was suffering from severe psychiatric issues, a trend which has raised questions among psychiatrists, RTL Nieuws reported earlier this year. Twelve cases were labeled by the monitoring committee as not being carefully carried out - these were mainly problems with medical care or not having an independent second opinion. Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands under strict conditions. For example, the patient must be suffering unbearable pain and the doctor must be convinced the patient is making an informed choice. The opinion of a second doctor is also required. The 8% rise in cases is in line with previous years and most patients are over the age of 70. 'People are becoming older,' said Jacob Kohnstamm, who chairs the committee, in the NRC. 'Doctors know more about euthanasia and people are more aware of the issues. Given the post war population increase, this trend will continue.'  More >

Record takeovers in Dutch healthcare

Waiting lists and travelling times mount following abortion clinic bankruptcy A record number of international takeovers were made in the Dutch healthcare sector last year, according to new research by consultancy Boer & Croon Corporate Finance (BCCF). The companies involved in the 32 international acquisitions recorded in 2017 were mainly service providers, such as suppliers of medical software, laboratory services and medical aids. ‘We have known for some time that international companies are interested in the Dutch healthcare sector and that is now clearly reflected in the figures,’ says Dagma Enklaar, a partner with BCCF. The total number of acquisitions, both national and international, grew from 81 in 2016 to 90 last year. That is in line with the trend in recent years, when the number of deals has been rising year by year. However, there was a drop in the number of takeovers involving care homes and clinics - down from 43 in 2016 to 22 last year. 'Takeovers in this sectors are a little more difficult because these companies are heavily regulated,’ Enklaar told the Financieele Dagblad. ‘Buyers are generally more circumspect if there is a lot of regulation and legislation, as has been the case here in recent years.'  More >

Care assistant suspected of seven murders

Waiting lists and travelling times mount following abortion clinic bankruptcy The 21-year-old man under investigation for killing several nursing home patients with overdoses of insulin, has reportedly confessed to three of the crimes. In two cases, Rahiied A confessed to deliberately injecting elderly patients with insulin and in one case he said he had given the injection by mistake, the public prosecution department said. However, his lawyer Robbert van Haneghem says the ‘emotional state’ of his client means the confessions is dubious, news agency ANP reported on Tuesday. Van Haneghem was speaking in court during a procedural hearing in the case, in which A is said to have committed seven murders and eight attempted murders. According to the public prosecution department, they took place at three different nursing homes between January 2016 and November 2017 when he was arrested. Van Haneghem told the court he will go into detail later about why his client's confession to one murder and two attempted murders should not be taken seriously. In addition, causes of death still need to be established, the lawyer said. The bodies of three of the alleged victims have been exhumed and still need to be tested to find out how they died. The public prosecution department told the court it will need until the summer to complete the investigation.  More >