No surgeries at hospital MST in Enschede as a result of an ICT problem.
According to a spokesperson for the hospital, this will certainly continue until the end of the morning. Everyone who needs to be helped urgently is taken to another hospital.
There is a malfunction in the ICT infrastructure, as a result of which doctors can not access patient records and therefore can not carry out any operations. The cause of the malfunction is not yet known.
A spokesman for the MST emphasizes that patient safety is not at risk: "Patients who are now in the hospital will not notice anything."
Letter with suspicious substance delivered at the University of Groningen
A letter that was delivered on Thursday morning at the Confucius Institute in Groningen was threatened with the exploding of a bomb and contained and suspected substance.
This confirms Mayor Peter den Oudsten.
"The further content of the letter is being investigated, but there was a bomb threat," the mayor said via his spokesman. Den Oudsten does not want to mention anything about the exact text of the bomb threat in connection with the investigation.
On Thursday morning, three employees of the Confucius Institute at Oude Boteringestraat came in contact with the suspicious letter. The powder contained in the letter was not harmful to health after examination. The Institute has been vacated for some time, and part of the street has been closed.
Police extra alert
After it appeared that the powder was harmless, the police investigated the entire building. According to the municipality of Groningen, this control was carried out because there was also a bomb threat.
The police will be extra alert in the coming period as a result of the bomb threat ', according to the mayor's spokesman.
The police said that searching the building is part of the procedure. "We are doing something just for safety," says a spokesperson. The police can not say anything about the further content of the letter. "As long as the letter is being investigated, we can not make any statements about it."
It is not clear how long the examination of the letter still takes.
The Confucius Institute is a collaboration between Hanze University Groningen, the RUG, the municipality of Groningen and the Communication University China in Beijing. The whole is housed in a foundation. Mayor Peter den Oudsten is the chairman of that.
Last Sunday, the television program Medialogica at NPO 2 paid attention to the institute. Critics of the partnership call it a PR tool for the Communist Party in China.
The institute finances language education at schools in the Netherlands that teach Chinese. In addition, it also makes money available for organizing cultural events.
6 month earlier a major fire in the warehouse of Stella Bycilces and now a major fire in the factory
NUNSPEET - At the Stella Fietsen factory in Nunspeet, a big inner fire broke out on Thursday evening. The fire brigade put out the fire after a few hours. There were no injuries.
The fire in the building on the Oosteinderweg was reported just after 21.30. The fire brigade then advanced with large equipment. Thick black smoke clouds came from the factory.
Police: stay away
The fire attracted a lot of public. Viewers had to be kept at a distance by the police.
The Oosteinderweg was closed on both sides. The police emphatically called on local residents not to come to the fire because the emergency services were hampered by this.
Approximately 100 batteries burned
Information officer Wob Meijering of the municipality of Nunspeet was also at the fire. He saw large clouds of smoke and told the fire brigade just after ten o'clock.
The owner of Stella Fietsen told Meijering that no large quantities of batteries (from e-bikes) were stored in the part where the fire raged. At most, batteries of bicycles that were ready for repair. The batteries are stored outside the building in containers.
In total around 100 batteries were burned, of which 36 were already mounted in bicycles. The fire brigade put 50 batteries in a container with water.
Mayor Van Weerd expects that the discussion about the safety of bicycle batteries will be discussed again through this fire.
Last year also fire at Stella
In July last year Stella was also hit by a big fire. It was then a storage. In it were thousands of batteries for electric bikes. That made it difficult to extinguish.
Stella was already building a bunker for the previous big fire to store the batteries. It is not finished yet.
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Three people injured by a falling tree in the Leiderdorp hospital
A decoration tree has fallen on three visitors this afternoon in the restaurant of Alrijne hospital in Leiderdorp. They were injured. How it is with them is not yet clear.
The tree has a real trunk, but artificial leaves. In the restaurant there are several of these trees. How the tree could topple is now being investigated.
Eyewitnesses of the accident are taken care of.
Chaos in hospitals Alkmaar and Den Helder passed: IT problem resolved
The ICT problem at the hospitals of the Northwest Hospital Group has been resolved. All departments are open again and the work is resumed.
,,Surgeries are restarted. Patients whose surgery has been canceled or the appointment at the outpatient clinic has not been called will be called as soon as possible to make a new appointment '', the hospital reports.
In the hospitals in Den Helder and Alkmaar today all surgeries and appointments had to be canceled due to a major ICT failure. The hospitals could not look into the agenda because of the computer failure to see who would be operated on today.
The medical staff also could not call off because they could not access the patient data. The hospital advised patients not to go to emergency care in case of emergency, but to surrounding hospitals.
The hospital group has hospitals in Alkmaar and Den Helder and outpatient clinics in Heerhugowaard, Schagen and on Texel. "We can not access our patient records, so all planned surgeries and appointments have been canceled," said spokeswoman Rinske de Wit.
"The annoying thing is that we do not know who has an appointment." The result was that people would come to the hospital in an uncontrolled manner, even if they had to undergo surgery or radiation therapy for example.
It was unknown how many operations and appointments it was. The hospital spokesperson: "All operating rooms were fully planned." "
For example, the outpatient clinics and the departments of radiology, nuclear medicine and the laboratory. "Of course we look at when the patients can go," the spokeswoman continued. ,, It never comes from such a disturbance let us be. ''
The hospitals hoped for understanding of the patients, the staff realized that the situation was 'annoying for the patients'. ,, Most people understand, if it is not possible, then it is not possible. ''
The Northwest Hospital Group says, with seven hundred beds, more than four thousand employees and about 325 medical specialists, one of the largest hospital organizations of The Netherlands.
The location Alkmaar is the center for trauma care for Noord-Holland Noord. This location also includes an oncology center, a center for birth care and a cardiovascular center.
Chamber of Commerce wins prize biggest privacy violator
The Chamber of Commerce (KvK) has won a Big Brother Award. That prize for the largest privacy violators was given to the Chamber of Commerce because it sells personal data of freelancers to advertisers. 39 percent of the public voted for the Chamber of Commerce.
"People find it super annoying that if they have registered a company, they will be completely called down in the following weeks," says director Hans de Zwart of Bits of Freedom.
Last year , the NOS reported that personal data that freelancers are forced to hand over to the Chamber of Commerce are ultimately used for advertisements on Facebook. The data is resold to advertising companies, which in turn upload the data to the social network.
In a reaction, the Chamber of Commerce says not to be happy with the price, but to understand the complaints of entrepreneurs. "We are legally obliged to provide data to anyone who requests it, without the need for permission from entrepreneurs", according to the organization in a written response.
Sales of bull lists
"They do not have the choice whether the trade register should be public, but in what they deliver," says De Zwart from Bits of Freedom. "They choose to sell bulk lists of company data." These bull lists are then used to bombard self-employed with offers for, for example, energy, but also for Facebook advertisements.
According to the Chamber of Commerce, that bulk list feature also serves governments and banks. "They want to be able to request that kind of information automatically", according to a spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce. "But that data may not be used for marketing just like that."
Incidentally, the Chamber of Commerce has taken measures so that it is now no longer possible to get cheap phone numbers from freelancers. Bits of Freedom calls that a good start.
Facebook and the Tax Authorities were also nominated for the Big Brother Award. The Tax and Customs Administration was nominated because it forces self-employed people to use their citizen service number as a VAT number. The Dutch Data Protection Authority has ruled that the tax authorities must stop doing so. Facebook was nominated for the Cambridge Analytica scandal .
The expert prize, which was awarded by a jury, went to Minister of Health De Jonge. He was nominated for a bill that would fight fraud in healthcare, but critics fear that the law would turn out to be bad for medical professional secrecy. Too much medically sensitive information would be exchanged to prevent fraud.
Minister De Jonge said in a reaction that fraud with healthcare money costs society millions of euros every year. According to him, supervisors, investigative services and enforcement parties should therefore be able to share their knowledge better. "But that does not mean that the medical professional secrecy is broken."
De Jonge says that it is stipulated that work must be done with anonymised data, unless the patient himself gives permission to use his data.