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Call on hospitals: intervene to prevent overload due to corona

The government must do more to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That’s what hospital administrators say to Trouw. The number of hospital admissions is now comparable to May, as a result of which the IC is almost fully occupied again in Tiel, for example.

Vaccination rates are not rising as fast anymore and three quarters of patients are unvaccinated. “So then you will have to implement other measures, because there is a risk of overload in healthcare,” Wim van Harten, chairman of the board of the Arnhem Rijnstate hospital, told the newspaper.

‘November 5 is too late’

He is thinking, for example, of reintroducing the mouth mask obligation, stricter checks on QR codes or getting a third jab more quickly. “As a hospital administrator, I don’t have the answer,” says Van Harten. “But in The Hague, everything has to be done to ensure that hospitals get through the winter without overload.”

The outgoing cabinet will evaluate the current corona measures on 5 November. Chantal Bleeker-Rovers of Radboudumc thinks this is too late. “If you intervene now, the measures could be smaller,” she says.

Local lockdowns

Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ) is also concerned about rising figures, the AD writes. According to him, it may be necessary to set local lockdowns based on infection and vaccination rates. “Like now, for example, in Staphorst,” he says.

Kuipers tells the newspaper that the number of admissions in the Netherlands has tripled in three weeks. “In the United Kingdom you still see high infections and high numbers of hospital admissions. That can also happen here.”

Call on hospitals: intervene to prevent overload due to corona
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