Video: Dutch news roundup, 9 April 2011

Video: Dutch news roundup, 9 April 2011

9th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

On this week's show: a man sets himself on fire in the heart of Amsterdam, Dutch nursing homes face a staffing crisis, a bike repair service gets wheels, and Utrecht tries to discourage foreigners from participating in the city marathon.

Burned alive
Wednesday afternoon around 12:30, a 36 year old Iranian asylum seeker set himself on fire in Dam Square, in Amsterdam. The incident occured in the heart of the capital's tourist district and was seen by a large group of people. A group of bystanders attempted to put out the fire with their jackets and buckets of water. But despite their efforts, the man died in hospital the following day.

Nursing home nightmares
There is a crisis in the Netherlands when it comes to providing proper care for elderly people living in nursing homes. Not enough highly qualified nursing students want to work in nursing homes, preferring instead to work in hospitals. And it appears that one reason students don't want to work in nursing homes is the difficult conditions under which many of the residents live, precisely because there are too few nurses.

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