Morning newspapers – 1 November 2007

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Minister Donner’s plans to relax redundancy legislation will be scrapped now that the parliamentary faction of the Christian democrats CDA has withdrawn its support Trouw reports. The newspaper writes that the plans were discussed during the faction leaders’ working visit to the Netherlands Antilles. “We agree that the proposal in its current form does not have the support of the factions. It had to be scrapped,” says ChristenUnie faction leader Arie Slob.

Minister Donner’s plans to relax redundancy legislation will be scrapped now that the parliamentary faction of the Christian democrats CDA has withdrawn its support Trouw reports. The newspaper writes that the plans were discussed during the faction leaders’ working visit to the Netherlands Antilles. “We agree that the proposal in its current form does not have the support of the factions. It had to be scrapped,” says ChristenUnie faction leader Arie Slob.

The public prosecution department is investigating the death of a woman who was treated in a clinic offering alternative therapy. The 58-year-old patient, who was suffering from breast cancer, died an unnatural death, the Volkskrant reports. The woman had been treated at the Berg and Bosch Clinic for Preventative Medicine in Bilthoven. One of the treatments offered is chelation therapy, which involves purifying the patient’s blood. That is “pure quackery,” says Kees Renckens of the Association against Quackery. “No normal doctor does that.”

Annual savings of 15 to 20 percent can be achieved on health care costs. A trial project in the Spijkenisse region has demonstrated this, according to Metro. It employed an innovative system to match healthcare supply and demand via internet. As a result the market was able to function more adequately than is now the case. The business Zorgveiling BV was awarded an encouragement bonus of more than EUR 1 million for the project.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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