Bronovo hospital to close at weekends from this year

The Hague’s Bronovo hospital, popular with both royals and the international community, will close by 2024 at the latest but will be shut at weekends from mid 2019, management company HMC has confirmed. 'In 2019, HMC Bronovo will be transformed into a week-day hospital for day treatment and planned care,' the company said. 'Between 2022 and 2024, day treatment and planned care will be transfered to the Antoniushove and Westeinde hospitals and the Bronovo, in its present form, will close.' Earlier this month it emerged that the Bronovo was scheduled for closure to shore up the HMC group’s finances. All three of king Willem-Alexander's children were born at the Bronovo, which is walking distance from the royal family's official residence Paleis ten Bosch. The hospital has also made a particular point of attracting expat custom, with special clinics and a specialist expat service desk.  More >

D66 wants quick vaccination legislation

Coalition party D66 is urging parliament to bring forward the vote on a plan to allow crèches to refuse children who have not been vaccinated, the Parool reports. The call comes in the wake of an outbreak of measles in a crèche in The Hague this week involving three children who had not been vaccinated. One of them may have caught the disease when on holiday abroad, community health service GGD Haaglanden said. A fourth child may also have the disease, which is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and very young children. D66 MP Rens Raemakers said the outbreak is the result of a drop in children being vaccinated against the disease although the RIVM public health institute said earlier no such link could be made at the moment. Currently 90.2% of Dutch children are vaccinated against potentially serious illnesses such as measles, polio and whooping cough. This is below the level of 95% the World Health Organisation considers safe. ‘We are running out of time and if we don’t act know this outbreak won’t be the last,’ Raemakers told the paper. His proposal can count on the majority support of the three coalition partners and opposition parties GroenLinks and SP.  More >