Personnel shortages shut Dutch operating theatres
Operating theatres in the Netherlands
18 October 2008
THE NETHERLANDS -- Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant is reporting that hospitals in the Netherlands are shutting down operating theatres because they don't have enough nursing personnel. Personnel shortages also mean that many beds in intensive care units remain empty and that patients have to be transferred to other hospitals.
The newspaper made the claims after touring 20 hospitals in the west and middle of the country. It says that a plan by the hospitals to train more staff has failed to improve the situation.
Apparently there are two reasons for this. Specialist personnel either quit to move into industry, or resign to sign up with a temp agency that then hires them back to the hospital for more money.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]