Friday, May 27, 2016

Military Police Insufficiently Trained

New recruits to the Royal Dutch Military Police, currently being trained for guarding and security duties against terror, are receiving poor instruction.  This became clear after a visit of members of parliament to the Military Police’s training center in Apeldoorn.  The main shortcoming is that recruits are not receiving adequate training in how to shoot.  In the parliamentary debate, Minister Hennis of Defense could not yet respond to the complaints but promised to investigate the matter.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Unnecessary Cancer Deaths in Dutch Hospitals

Cancer patients do not get the same level of treatment in hospitals due to cost-cutting measures.  This was reported by Professor Carin Uyl in her official inaugural lecture at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.  Some hospitals prefer not to prescribe expensive drugs, for which the hospital has to carry 20% of the costs.  In addition, hospitals do not always prescribe diagnostic tests to identify the nature and type of cancer, which have nowadays become very expensive.  As a result there are unnecessary deaths from cancer in Dutch hospitals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Three thousand police employees haven’t yet been screened

Approximately three thousand employees of the police have not yet gone through the screening process.  This was reported to parliament by Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice. None of these people have access to the most confidential information. Yet this issue has been investigated because last year a policeman was arrested who had leaked information to criminals.  It turned out that he had not yet been screened.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dutch Hotel Rooms often dirty

The consumer organization Consumentenbond has investigated thirty hotel rooms in 3- or 4-star hotels, owned by both individuals and chains.  Findings in these rooms included, inter alia, thick layers of dirt on the floor, mold and stains on the walls, litter, befouled mattresses including dried blood and hairs, as well as fecal bacteria on the shower floor.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Amsterdam again the least safe city in the Netherlands

In 2015 Amsterdam was again the least safe municipality of the Netherlands.  This results from information published by the AD crime meter which is based on police data.  The main contribution to its poor rating is the large number of pickpocketing and street robberies.  In 2015, there were 170 complaints of rape, as against 98 a year before.  Following Amsterdam, which has been leading the field for many years, in 2015 Maastricht came second in the ranking.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Inspectorate: Many hospitals fall short of health requirements

The Inspectorate of health care has investigated 25 hospitals.  Of these, 22 did not meet standards.  For instance, cleaning staff should be more effective and disinfect areas more stringently.  Furthermore, patients should be better evaluated with regard to contagious diseases on arrival at the hospital.  In ten hospitals, insufficient attention is given to whether patients are infected with resistant bacteria.  In three-quarters of hospitals, isolation room techniques are not up to date, and staff should be better trained in isolation procedures.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

University: Netherlands has lost much knowledge about fighting terror

Researchers from the University of Utrecht have carried out a study on behalf of the Scientific and Documentation Center (WODC) of the Ministry of Security and Justice. They investigated the period from 2011 to 2015. The researchers concluded that in the years 2011-2013 much capacity, contacts and knowledge had been lost. In those years there was less attention for threats. The head of the main anti-terror body NCTV Dick Schoof agreed with the main findings of the report.