Dutch news in brief, 27 June 2005

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Glitch knocks out SMS traffic, Dutch telecoms firm KPN finally managed to fix a problem with a transmission cable that prevented its 6.3 million customers from being able to send SMS text messages from 11am to 3,30pm on Monday. KPN mobile users were able to receive messages. A spokesperson blamed the problem on a fault in a transmission cable.

Glitch knocks out SMS traffic

Dutch telecoms firm KPN finally managed to fix a problem with a transmission cable that prevented its 6.3 million customers from being able to send SMS text messages from 11am to 3,30pm on Monday. KPN mobile users were able to receive messages. A spokesperson blamed the problem on a fault in a transmission cable.

Doctors to continue talks

Doctors, health ministry officials and health insurance company representatives are to hold further talks on Wednesday in a bid to break the deadline in a dispute over healthcare reforms. Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst's plans would introduce more market forces to the health system from January next year. But doctors claim his new health insurance system will give too much power to insurance companies to decide what treatment and medicines patients receive. Doctors held a three-day stoppage recently and have threatened further strike action if the minister does not alter his plans.

Military to lay on buses for veterans

The Defence Ministry announced on Monday that it will provide 20 extra buses to ferry old soldiers to the grand finale of the first Veterans Day in Rotterdam on Wednesday. About 7,000 veterans who served in the Dutch military are expected to attend a ceremony in Rotterdam's Ahoy arena. But the event was thrown into jeopardy by a public transport on 29 June. The extra buses will operate from Lombardijen train station in Rotterdam to Ahoy.

LPF wants oath of allegiance

An oath of allegiance to the Netherlands should be linked to the naturalisation ceremony proposed by Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk, the populist LPF party said on Monday. The LPF spokeswoman  Margot Kraneveldt recalled the words of the party's murdered founder Pim Fortuyn who said: "Those who want to become Dutch must feel Dutch". The government agreed on Friday that there should be a special day every year to mark newcomers who become Dutch citizens.

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