Monday 18 November 2019

Anorexia sufferers have to wait too long

The government is setting up two regional eating disorder expertise centres after being warned that more people will die of anorexia if specialist help is not ramped up. K-EET, a team of doctors and psychiatrists set up by health minister Hugo de Jonge earlier this year to monitor help for anorexia sufferers, says long waiting lists and a lack of cohesion in services is crippling help for anorexia patients. Young people who are early sufferers are not helped in time... More >

Fewer new HIV infections in NL

The number of new HIV infections registered in the Netherlands continues to fall, according to new figures published on Tuesday by Aids charities. Last year 664 new cases of HIV were reported, down from 750 in 2017, the Aidsfonds foundation said. Two-thirds of the new infections are among men who have sex with men. There are now an estimated 23,300 people in the Netherlands who are infected with HIV but only 92% of them are aware of their status, the... More >

Hipster beards boosts barber shop numbers

There has been an explosive rise in the number of specialist men’s barbers over the last five years due to the fashion for beards and moustaches, according to Chamber of Commerce statistics. Nationwide the number of barbers which focus on beards and moustaches has soared almost five-fold but in Zuid Holland province there are now 283, compared with just 61 five years ago. Hipsters in Friesland have the least choice – there are just 16 companies specialising in male grooming... More >

Hospital staff to strike on November 20

Hospital staff are to stage a national strike on November 20 after talks to agree an improved pay deal broke down. Unions say around 90% of staff at 83 hospitals and 30 rehabilitation centres are prepared to join what will be the first nationwide stoppage by healthcare workers. Operating theatres, laboratories and nursing wards will close for 24 hours to non-emergency patients. Some 25 hospitals have already worked ‘Sunday rota’ days during the week to campaign for better pay and... More >