Morning newspapers – 30 August 2007

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500 patients of the Bernhoven hospitals in Oss and Veghel may have been infected with the HIV virus, hepatitis B or hepatitis C as a result of a technical error with new machinery. The Brabants Dagblad reported this today. Equipment used for exploratory exams may have not been cleaned properly, leading to the risk of infection. The patients are being called to the hospital to undergo blood tests. The results of the tests will be available at the end of September.

500 patients of the Bernhoven hospitals in Oss and Veghel may have been infected with the HIV virus, hepatitis B or hepatitis C as a result of a technical error with new machinery. The Brabants Dagblad reported this today. Equipment used for exploratory exams may have not been cleaned properly, leading to the risk of infection. The patients are being called to the hospital to undergo blood tests. The results of the tests will be available at the end of September.

Dutch hospitals have not been caught up in the wave of takeovers of the past few years. On the contrary, writes the Volkskrant: smaller hospitals are performing better than large ones. This has emerged from a study by consultancy bureau Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, to which Netwerk also devoted coverage on Wednesday evening. The best hospital in the Netherlands is Sint Jansdal in Harderwijk, says Roland Berger.

It must be confusing for patients, the Dagblad van het Noorden writes today. According to weekly Elsevier De Sionsberg in Dokkum is the best hospital, Netwerk announced last night that Sint Jansdal in Harderwijk tops the list according to the Roland Berger study. "And the AD will also be publishing a top 100 of hospitals on Saturday," said a spokesperson for the Netherlands Association of Hospitals, NVZ. "Yet another list." The NVZ says the criteria used for the Roland Berger ranking is unclear; nor is it credible that the Wilhelmina Hospital in Assen topped the list last year but is somewhere at the bottom of the list this year.

Well-known faces from RTL like Daphne Bunskoek, Jack Spijkerman, Humberto Tan and Ruud de Wild will not be permitted to take part in new television station Het Gesprek, devoted to broadcasting interviews all day. The management at RTL has told them this, the AD reports. "Het Gesprek itself admits that it does not have the resources and time for interviews to be well-prepared," says head of RTL Fons van Westerloo. "I'm not going to do that to my people."

The police are working with "silent" drug sniffing dogs in areas with many nightlife venues. The GPD newspapers reported on this. If the dog picks up the scent of drugs on someone, it sits next to them. The handler, an officer in civilian dress, then identifies himself and searches the suspect. The legal department of the police academy has doubts about the legality of this detection method. "We are curious what a court will decide if a suspect files charges after being searched via this detection method," says lawyer Marius Boon.

The minimum age for cosmetic surgery should be raised from 16 to 18, says the Netherlands Association for Sexology ((NVVS), according to De Pers. The NVVS is also urging legislation that requires young people who want cosmetic surgery to be referred to a psychiatrist, psychologist or sexologist. The NVVS says that more and more young people are concerned that their body is not normal.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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