Medical care minister Tamara van Ark resigns on health grounds

Photo: Ministerie van Sociale Zaken & Werkgelegenheid/
Photo: Ministerie van Sociale Zaken & Werkgelegenheid/

Caretaker medical care and sport minister Tamara van Ark has resigned on health grounds.

The minister announced on Twitter that she had been trying to recover from chronic neck problems but has not regained her health sufficiently to return to work.

‘This work, in the government and in parliament, takes 100% and often more, and this is not possible for me now,’ she wrote. ‘I don’t know when it will be possible, and so I have decided to step back.’

For the moment, her jobs will be taken over by Hugo de Jonge, caretaker health minister, and junior health minister Paul Blokhuis.

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