Dutch hospitals stop non-urgent care as coronavirus patients rise
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Dutch hospitals will stop non-urgent care to give priority to coronavirus patients as infections in the Netherlands continue to rise, the country announced on Tuesday.
The Netherlands, which has been on lockdown since 15 December, is faced with a rising number of patients in hospital, along with absenteeism among nursing staff, the Dutch government explained, adding that the peak in hospitalisations is expected for January.
The number of beds in the Netherlands’ intensive care units will be scaled up to 1,450, and all non-critical scheduled regular car will be discontinued. In addition, patients will also be moved to Germany, as was the case in the spring.
“It really is all hands on deck in the hospitals in the coming weeks,” said van Ark, who called “on everyone to adhere to the measures during the lockdown. Only then can we keep the care accessible to everyone who needs it.”