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Hospitals in the Zwolle region can no longer always carry out so-called “plannable critical care” on time, a spokeswoman for the regional acute care network told the ANP news agency.

In the region, crown care is “expanding” even further, at the expense of regular care. “In particular, surgical procedures should be canceled,” the spokeswoman said. According to her, these are also interventions that should take place within six weeks. It is unclear how many hospitals in the region are involved.

Plannable critical care is care that must be provided within six weeks to prevent harm to the patient’s health. This can be, for example, the removal of a tumor after someone has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Yesterday, the Dutch Health Authority reported that twelve hospitals in the country can no longer or cannot always provide planned care in a timely manner. According to NZa, that situation still did not apply to the Zwolle region at that time.

According to the authority’s data, there are now only two regions that can provide critical care that can be planned in six weeks. These are the regions of Euregio (Twente and eastern Achterhoek) and Central Holland (Utrecht).

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