Brussels hospitals lack Dutch-speaking staff

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15 April 2005, BRUSSELS – There are too few Flemish-speaking health care professionals in Brussels hospitals, the Romanian rapporteur to the Council of Europe claims.

15 April 2005

BRUSSELS – There are too few Flemish-speaking health care professionals in Brussels hospitals, the Romanian rapporteur to the Council of Europe claims.

After receiving numerous complaints and speaking with various authorities responsible for respecting laws relating to linguistics, the rapporteur, Minodora Cliveti, came to the Belgian capital herself to visit three large hospitals.

"There is a problem," she told Le Soir newspaper.

"It may not be of such an extraordinary dimension but in a country such as Belgium it’s important."

 She has already discussed the situation at length with representatives of the Flemish government, Flemish members of the Brussels government and French-speaking members of the Belgian government including Charles Picque, minister-president of the Brussels Capital Region.

Picque admitted that while there appears to be a problem, it’s important to find pragmatic to solution.

His colleague Evelyne Huytebroeck argued that there were far more important problems facing hospitals than linguistic ones.

Last autumn, Cliveti urged Belgium to ratify the Council’s framework convention on the protection of national minorities.

However, Flemish authorities continue to refuse to ratify it.

Forced to think of another solution, Cliveti plans to prepare a detailed report and recommended solutions by October.

"My first concern is health care," she said.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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