Dutch news in brief, 25 April 2006

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Ban on heart operations, Radboud Hospital in Nijmegen has been ordered to stop carrying out heart operations on adults. All in-patients awaiting heart operations must be moved to another hospital or sent home, the Health Inspectorate ordered on Tuesday after a investigation commission reported the safety of the patients at Radboud's cardiac unit was in danger, all the surgeons were performing below acceptable norms and the unit lacked leadership. Last year a noticeably large number of heart patients died a

Ban on heart operations

Radboud Hospital in Nijmegen has been ordered to stop carrying out heart operations on adults. All in-patients awaiting heart operations must be moved to another hospital or sent home, the Health Inspectorate ordered on Tuesday after a investigation commission reported the safety of the patients at Radboud's cardiac unit was in danger, all the surgeons were performing below acceptable norms and the unit lacked leadership. Last year a noticeably large number of heart patients died at Radboud. The hospital has been given two weeks to get its cardiac department in order. The head of the department resigned.

5,000 dead animals in van

Police discovered 5,000 dead animals in the back of a delivery van and trailer at a police checkpoint on the A12 between Arnhem and Ede. There were a total of 15,000 animals — mice, rats, hamsters and birds — in the vehicle. One third had died due to the lack of ventilation.

Body found in Amsterdam canal

The body of a man was found in the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Police began an investigation to establish his identity and cause of death after a passerby noticed the body floating in the water near the Anne Frank House.

.nl domain hits 20

Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the registration of the first country domain for the internet. History was made when Piet Beertema of the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) registered cwi.nl. Beertema administered registrations for .nl for 10 years before the Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie (SIDN) was founded.

Traffic death toll falls further

The downward trend in the number of road deaths is continuing. Last year 817 were killed on Dutch roads, some 7 percent down on 2004. The decline in deaths is mainly among motorists and motorcyclists. But the number of deaths among pedestrians and cyclists has risen slightly, with people aged 60-plus the most common victims.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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