Morning newspapers - 18 October 2007

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GPs are to play a key role in tackling child abuse, the AD writes. Family doctors will cooperate closely with physiotherapists and dentists in an attempt to identify child abuse in an early stage. Physiotherapists and dentists will no longer only report alleged cases of child abuse to the Advice and Incidence Report Centre for Child Abuse (AMK) but also to the family doctor. Training courses should make care workers more aware of "covered-up child abuse." "In such cases parents for instance say that there

GPs are to play a key role in tackling child abuse, the AD writes. Family doctors will
cooperate closely with physiotherapists and dentists in an attempt to identify child abuse in an early stage. Physiotherapists and dentists will no longer only report alleged cases of child abuse to the Advice and Incidence Report Centre for Child Abuse (AMK) but also to the family doctor. Training courses should make care workers more aware of "covered-up child abuse." "In such cases parents for instance say that there was just a minor accident," Lodi Hennink of the Netherlands Association of General Practitioners said.

Rita Verdonk wants to become "the new Pim Fortuyn of Dutch politics", the Telegraaf writes. The Telegraaf covers Verdonk’s plans for the future extensively on its front page. The paper’s special news section DAG shows a large picture of Verdonk with the national flag on the cover. Most of the other newspapers do not cover Verdonk on their front pages or give the issue much coverage.

Ehsan Jami, the chairman of the Committee for Former Muslims, will continue as a one –man faction for the municipality of Leidschendam-Voorschoten. He will not comply with the PvdA demand to give up his seat as a town councillor, the Volkskrant reports. An attempt to mediate between Jami and PvdA has failed. Jami is considering renouncing his PvdA party membership and is holding "exploratory talks" with other parties. "But I am convinced that the party needs people like me, who are willing to handle sensitive issues and dare to point out the problems".


Plans for the controversial A4 connection between Delft and Schiedam have been delayed considerably due to blunders made by the ministry of transport. This conclusion of a parliamentary investigation bureau is contained in a critical report, the AD writes. The report concluded that the Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management (RWS) failed to give "adequate direction", there were no clear procedures, proper arrangements, extensive research or checks.

Health complaints from the occupants of newly built houses are often caused by modern ventilation systems, the Telegraaf and nrc.next write. An investigation in the new housing estate Vathorst in Amersfoort has clearly shown that there is a link between complaints like hay fever, asthma, respiratory complaints and "balance ventilation". The Asthma Foundation believes that the health risks are substantial and has therefore "strongly" advised against this type of ventilation.

The recovery of the police officers who were stabbed by Bilal. B in Amsterdam Slotervaart on Sunday is slow, the Telegraaf reports. "It really was touch and go for both of them," Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen said, when he visited the police officers in hospital. Ahmed Marcouch, the chairman of the Amsterdam district Slotervaart, says in an interview with the AD that many residents of Slotervaart ask him to explain the incident. "Those guys who are saying that the police officers should have shot Bilal in the leg, are living in a fantasy world. How would you do that? When they say this to you they have no idea what is going on here."

 
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