Insurance council slams Dutch trauma care

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21 February 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch trauma medical care is poorly organised, the health care insurance board CVZ claimed on Monday.

21 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch trauma medical care is poorly organised, the health care insurance board CVZ claimed on Monday.

CVZ said the 10 trauma centres do not co-operate well, have capacity problems and the division of trauma regions is unclear, news service NOS reported.

The council said it was bewildering that ambulance staff literally need to hawk injured or sick patients between hospitals because it is unclear where they must be taken to.

The council said trauma care has been a lingering question despite the fact that clear agreements had been made in the past over the division of trauma regions.

"But it remains problematic. Nevertheless, it is not the case that people are left lying on the street. It always ends well with improvisation," the council said.

Other problems include the lack of a national registration system of trauma patient injuries or where they have been admitted. This means that families on occasion do not know which hospital a patient has been taken to.

The CVZ report will be presented to Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst on Thursday and will demand that trauma centres lose their licences if they don't improve within the short-term.

The 10 trauma centres all have separate administrations, making it difficult to compare them and learn whether they are spending their budgets adequately, news agency ANP reported.

Criticism of emergency healthcare in the Netherlands is not new. Despite criticism levelled at the sector two years ago by the CVZ, the council claims the situation has not improved. But Ambulance organisation Ambulancezorg Nederland said the CVZ report was out of date and that the situation has greatly improved.

In particular, it said the co-operation between trauma centres had improved.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + Dutch healthcare

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