Midwives to be compensated for work in danger areas

9th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Health Minister Ab Klink says midwives who have to work in dangerous neighbourhoods will receive 23 percent more money.

9 September 2008

THE HAGUE -- Midwives who have to work in dangerous neighbourhoods will receive 23 percent more money so they can protect themselves, announced Health Minister Ab Klink.

The extra money will bring them in line with doctors, who already receive such extra compensation.

Midwives have been claiming for some time that they incur extra expenses when they have to work in neighbourhoods where they are confronted with violence and aggression.

The extra money will help them, for example, to pay for a taxi driver to wait while they go inside a home to supervise a childbirth.

The measure will cost an estimated EUR 3.5 million and will be paid for by the health insurance companies.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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