Thursday 23 September 2021




New measures based on hospital admissions

Hospital and IC admissions will determine the government’s coronavirus policy this autumn instead of the infection rate. Caretaker minister Hugo de Jonge told MPs that the number of people who have been vaccinated is high enough to warrant a different approach to the handling of crisis. Nearly 82% of adults have now been fully vaccinated, according to a recalculation by the RIVM, which has now included people who have had a jab following an infection. However, some 1.8 million people... More >





IVF clinic blunders with infected embryos

The VU University teaching hospital in Amsterdam has confirmed that it placed embryos possibly infected with a bacteria which causes meningitis in the wombs of 16 women undergoing fertility treatment. The embryos were infected last week in a lab at the hospital’s ivf clinic. In total, embryos belonging to 31 women came into contact with the Sphingomonas koreensis bacteria. Embryos which have not yet been placed back have been frozen and the hospital has halted all ivf treatment until it... More >



Health sector sick leave hits 18-year high

Sickness absence in the healthcare sector reached its highest level for 18 years in the second quarter of 2021, according to latest CBS figures. The overall rate of 6.5% was 0.4 percentage points higher than at the midpoint of 2020. Nursing staff, people working in disability care and childcare workers were most likely to take time off work, the statistics agency said. Among nursing and domiciliary care staff 7.9% of working days were lost through illness, the same level as... More >


Anti-smoking campaigners head for court

A foundation campaigning to stop youngsters from starting smoking is planning to take the government to court for being slow to act, the Volkskrant reported on Monday. Stichting Rookpreventie Jeugd says the government needs to make more effort to meet its targets and that it wants certainty about plans to put up taxes on cigarettes and tobacco next year, after a number of MPs said they would oppose the increase. The foundation is hoping to emulate the Urgenda campaign group,... More >



Doctors, hospitals urge care budget rise

Almost 20 healthcare organisations and unions have joined forces to call on the outgoing cabinet to increase spending on care when they present the government’s spending plans for 2022 later this month. ‘The quality of healthcare is coming under insupportable pressure and waiting lists are getting longer,’ the organisations say in a joint statement. ‘Some 17,000 people are waiting for an operation, people who wish to die at home cannot do so because of the shortage of home nurses, and... More >