Wednesday 19 February 2020




Psychiatric patients in euthanasia study

Large-scale research into euthanasia requests made by psychiatric patients shows women are over-represented, Trouw reported on Tuesday.. The figures were collated by the Euthanasia expertise centre at the request of the health ministry which wants to gain an insight into the growing number of psychiatric patients seeking assisted suicide, the paper said. Some 1,700 out of 3,500 requests made between 2012 and 2018 were looked at, in what is the largest study of its kind in the Netherlands. The research... More >




Courts: add pill to universal health cover

Legal action to force the Dutch state to extend universal health cover to include contraception has been launched by two human rights groups. Bureau Clara Wichmann, which represents women’s rights, and progressive lobby group DeGoedeZaak, say contraception should be included in the compulsory basic health insurance package, whose contents are decided by ministers. In a letter to health minister Bruno Bruins, Bureau Clara Wichmann said contraception was a ‘fundamental reproductive right’. The letter included a court summons asking judges to... More >




Drinking water firms crack down on lead

The 10 Dutch drinking water companies have pledged to run checks on their entire networks in an effort to find any remaining lead pipes so they can be removed. The companies are responsible for a combined eight million connections and spot checks suggest that up to 1,500 may need renewing, broadcaster NOS reported. A connection can link to multiple homes and home owners and landlords are responsible for the pipes in the property itself. In total, some 100,000 to 200,000... More >


Lead found in six Utrecht schools

Damaging quantities of lead have been discovered in the water at six primary schools in Utrecht, reports the local council. Following the discovery of lead in schools, creches and homes in Amsterdam, Utrecht has been testing all city council buildings put up before 1960 – when the material was banned for use in pipes. According to the first ‘quick scan’ of 25 schools, six have levels of lead that suggest they have lead piping. In five of them it is... More >