Dutch news in brief, 8 October 2004

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Medical errors 'kill 3,000 every year'

Medical errors 'kill 3,000 every year'

Some 30,000 people are the victims of medical error each year and 10 percent of these cases result in the death of a patient, Tilburg University has claimed. The university has urged hospitals to change the way they deal with medical errors. It said doctors must be able to discuss their mistakes openly, so that others can learn from them, Radio Netherlands Reported Friday. The research agency TNS NIPO said medical errors cost the Netherlands EUR 1.4 billion every year.

Dutch national injured in Egyptian blast

A Dutch national was slightly injured in the bomb attack on the Hilton Hotel in Taba, Egypt, on Friday, the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry said. Two other Dutch people escaped unhurt and have travelled onto Israel, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. Three bomb blasts rocked Egyptian resorts popular with Israelis on Friday, killing at least 27 people. The biggest explosions took place in Taba, on Egypt's border with Israel, killing 25 people. Israeli officials suspect al-Qaeda involvement.

Turkish imams face extra integration exam

Foreign imams who wish to work in a mosque in the Netherlands will in future have to complete an additional test, alongside a compulsory integration exam in future, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said. The imams must display sufficient knowledge of the Koran and modern society. Verdonk announced her plans on Thursday after meeting with religion academics in Istanbul, Turkey. She said Turkish experts will assist in drawing up the exam. There are about 200 Turkish mosques in the Netherlands, 150 of which are operated by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs. Every four years, 120 of the mosques are appointed a new imam.

'Toe licker' faces indecent assault charges

The Rotterdam "toe licker" might be prosecuted for indecent assault or public indecency, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner told MPs on Thursday. Parliament concern was raised recently after reports that a Rotterdam man had harassed dozens of women by licking their toes without permission. Donner could not confirm the number of incidents, but told Parliament that between 2001 and 28 July this year, three such reports were lodged with police. The man was arrested after a 4th incident on 7 August and a criminal investigation is ongoing.

Dutch government back online

The Dutch government's main websites for the public — regering.nl and overheid.nl — were working again on Friday. A previously unknown group vowed at the beginning of the week to block access to the sites to show their opposition to the government's welfare reforms.  They managed to do this for most of the week by mounting a denial of sevice attack, which works by overloading a site by continually calling up pages. The government information service RVD said Wednesday technical experts were working to repluse the attack. The police were also called in to find the culprits, but no arrests have been made.

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