Dutch nurses denied lottery win of EUR 25,000

8th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The State Lottery winning ticket was given to the nurses by a grateful patient.

ALKMAAR – Nursing staff at a hospital in Alkmaar have been denied permission to keep a 25,000-euro State Lottery win for themselves.

Staff of the Neurology Department at Alkmaar's Medical Centre were given the winning ticket by a grateful patient.

However a national professional code for medical staff forbids the acceptance of money from patients. According to a Dutch professional association for nurses and caregivers, its members may not receive personal payments.

A representative of the association said accepting such gifts would give the impression that their services can be bought with extra money.

Despite this, the patient who gave the medical staff the ticket does not want it back.
The staff intend to claim the EUR 25,000 and then decide how they can put the money to use.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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