Morning newspapers – 12 November 2007

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Residents of nursing homes are often given the wrong medication or too much of it, according to a study of 16 nursing homes, the GPD papers report. More monitoring of the medication use of the elderly is needed, say pharmacists' organisation KNMP and the association for the elderly UnieKBO. The ministry of pubic health supports annual evaluation of medication files, but does not want to anchor this in new legislation.

Residents of nursing homes are often given the wrong medication or too much of it, according to a study of 16 nursing homes, the GPD papers report. More monitoring of the medication use of the elderly is needed, say pharmacists' organisation KNMP and the association for the elderly UnieKBO. The ministry of pubic health supports annual evaluation of medication files, but does not want to anchor this in new legislation.

The Dutch are not chauvinists when it comes to languages, says linguist René Appel in Sp!ts. His comments come in response to a debate on the rise of English in the Netherlands and Flanders held by the Dutch Taalunie (Language Union) on Monday. Research shows that the Netherlands is in the lead when it comes to English being incorporated into the native language in the business sector. "In terms of speakers our language is 35th on a list of 5,000 languages worldwide. So Dutch is really not a small language."

We should stop accepting immigrants without prospects from non-Western countries. VVD MP Henk Kamp told Radio 1 today that this is the gist of the memo on immigration and integration policy he will present in Parliament on Tuesday. "We must stop tolerating illegal aliens. All illegal foreigners should be deported," he said. To the question of whether he is trying to steal wind from the sails of Geert Wilders or Rita Verdonk, he replied: "That doesn't interest me. They have their own group, I have nothing to do with that."

Squatters have occupied a piece of terrain in Amsterdam, Het Parool reports. Four tents and a caravan have been erected on a lot full of rubble in De Pijp. Rental homes were demolished on this site in spring 2006 and new homes were planned. But the lot has been empty since. The police do not know what to do about the situation, says a spokesperson. "Is this squatting? Or illegal camping?"

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