Hospital only performing emergency operations

WILLEMSTAD - Once again the management of the Sint Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) had to decide to only perform emergency operations, while so-called elective - or planned, precautionary operations - will be stopped as of today.

The reason for this, according to the hospital management, is the material scarcity due to the precarious financial situation of the hospital.

Minister of Health Suzanne Camelia-Römer says that last year it also happened that the operating rooms had to be closed for elective procedures, because there was a shortage of material. Since then, the minister has taken a number of measures "to offer Sehos more financial room".

“The budget provision increased from 124 to 135 million guilders per year. Furthermore, an amount of approximately 5 million in debts from the outpatient clinic and physician assistants has been paid by the government. I asked the Ministry of Finance to arrange this as soon as possible so that Sehos has more liquidity."

Camelia-Römer has instructed the Public Health Inspectorate to investigate what is going on, because the minister says she has repeatedly suggested to Sehos that the suppliers pay the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) directly so that the hospital does not go without drugs and material.

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