Thursday, May 15, 2008

Six More Hospitals Stop Esophagus Surgery

Ab Klink, the Minister of Health, has announced that six more hospitals have been ordered to stop performing surgery for cancer of the esophagus because they do not meet the criteria for certification. A few days earlier it had been announced that 11 other hospitals would no longer be allowed to carry out these operations. The opposition Liberal Party (VVD) reproached the minister, saying that the Inspectorate of Health had waited with these measures until a report by a consumer organization had brought attention to the fact that the hospitals did not meet official criteria for certification. Some hospitals have been prohibited from performing surgery on the aorta as well.

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