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Hospitals can start working on delayed care again

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Hospitals are back to work to make up for delayed care. Minister Ernst Kuipers (Public Health) is withdrawing the so-called phase 2d. That’s the last stage before stage 3, which in practice means ‘code black’. Then there is a shortage of IC beds.

Phase 2d was announced on November 26 as the ICUs filled up with Covid patients. All hands were needed on the ICs. Phase 2d meant that all hospitals postponed their plannable care and critical planable surgeries if possible.

The National Acute Care Network (LNAZ) has asked the ministry to withdraw phase 2d. It is therefore possible again “to work on delivering the delayed care. In the first instance, attention will be paid to IC-dependent critically planable care (FMS class 3),” said the minister.

The move is possible because the number of corona patients in hospitals is still decreasing despite record highs of infections. If the situation does get out of hand again, the agreement is that it can be scaled up to 1200 IC beds within three days.



Hospitals can start working on delayed care again
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