Dutch news in brief, 21 June 2005

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Negotiations continue in health dispute

Negotiations continue in health dispute

Representatives of the family doctors association LHV are to continue talks with representatives of the Health Ministry and Health insurers. The parties are trying to find a compromise in relation to opposition among GPs to a new health insurance system that comes into force in 2006. Family doctors went on strike for three days recently to protest at what they say are measures that will give insurance company too much power to decide what treatment doctors can provide and what medicines they use.

Minister supports right to complain

Reform Minister Alexander Pechtold has taken the unusual step of announcing it is "disgraceful" members of the public have no avenue of complaint when they feel discriminated against by the government. Pechtold said he intends to change the law to enable citizens to contact the equal opportunities commission, or Commissie Gelijke
Behandeling. Currently this avenue is closed to people who have complaints about discrimination by the government.

D66 backs keeping nuclear plant open

D66, the smallest of the three coalition partners, has dropped its opposition to keeping the Borssele nuclear power station open beyond 2013. The accord it signed with the Christian Democrats (CDA) and Liberals (VVD) in 2003 committed the government to shutting the plant by 2013.  But now D66 will support keeping it open as long as there is a corresponding and significant investment in renewable energy. The CDA and VVD have already come out in favour of keeping Borssele open longer longer.

Possible victims as house collapses

A house collapsed in the Dutch town of Cothen on Tuesday afternoon. Rescue workers immediately started searching for possible victims trapped under the debris. The cause of the collapse on the Hooglandsestraat has yet to be established.

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