Dutch news in brief, 14 September 2004

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Dutch frigate departs for anti-terror mission

Dutch frigate departs for anti-terror mission

The Dutch M-frigate Hr.Ms. Tjerk Hiddes departed on Monday with 180 crew members for a four-month anti-terror mission around the Arabian peninsula. The ship's crew will be involved in the inspection of shipping, the gathering of intelligence and escorting other military ships in the region. The crew can also board suspicious vessels if requested to do so by the US command central in Bahrain.  But ship commander Paul de Leeuw said if there is armed resistance, US forces will have to take over the boarding operation. The Dutch crew cannot carry out arrests either, but will be able to offer limited assistance to refugees. The Tjerk Hiddes will primarily be active in the Gulf of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. It will return to its home port of Den Helder at the end of January 2005.

Inspectorate criticises Dutch emergency healthcare

The Health Inspectorate has criticised the standard of emergency medical care in Dutch hospitals, raising concerns over the lack of qualified staff at almost every emergency department inspected, Radio Netherlands reported. Reception staff were forced to make first contact with patients at some hospitals and the transport of patients and facilities were considerate inadequate. The inspectorate is demanding that emergency departments have at least one member of staff with a minimum of two years experience on duty at all times.

One third of Dutch people overweight

Figures have revealed that 36 percent of Dutch people are moderately overweight and 12 percent are seriously overweight or obese, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The Government Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) also said on Tuesday that these percentages will probably increase in coming years. If the present rate continues, 41 percent of Dutch nationals could be moderately overweight in 20 years time and 18 percent could have obesity problems. The number of patients with weight-related illnesses such as diabetes could thus increase by 89,000.

Wheelchair robber stabs good Samaritan

A man in a wheelchair robbed and stabbed a disabled Amsterdam man in his house on Tuesday. Nearby residents alerted police upon hearing screams in the house and police arrested the suspect a short time later, news agency ANP reported. Police said the 35-year-old victim offered the suspect assistance on the street when his wheelchair had a flat tyre. The victim then invited the other man into his house for coffee at which point the man stabbed the resident and demanded cash. The resident was only slightly injured in the attack.

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