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Corruption in healthcare services on the rise in Europe

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Nearly 4 percent of Europeans report being asked for bribes, while this percentage has increased by nearly 14 percent since 2013. More than 6.5 million people in the UK are on the waiting list for treatment, an increase of more than 50 percent since 2019.

It has been reported that the number of people who have to pay bribes in order to benefit from health services in Europe is increasing.

The results of the study of researchers at Imperial College London, published in the UK-based journal “The Economist”, based on public opinion polls conducted by the EU’s survey agency Eurobarometer in 2013, 2017 and 2019, were included.

Before Britain left the bloc, more than 27,000 people from 28 EU countries were asked in the survey whether they had been asked to bribe nurses, doctors or hospitals to get treatment in the previous year.

Accordingly, corruption rates are increasing due to the disruptions in health services in Europe. Although the Kovid-19 epidemic is shown as the reason, it is stated that the situation was not very different before the epidemic, and the number of patients waiting in most of the continent is increasing. For this reason, it is stated that the main reason for his situation is the poor management of health policy and the lack of adequate supervision and surveillance on services.

Almost 4 percent of Europeans reported being asked to make an informal payment. This corresponds to an increase of about 14 percent since 2013.

Eastern Europe is down

In Eastern Europe, where bribery has always been at its highest, 5.5 percent of the population was asked to make informal payments in 2019. However, in these countries, requests for such payments have fallen by about 8 percent since 2013, with the largest decreases recorded in Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia.

An alarming trend was observed further west. Every country except Germany reported increases between 2013 and 2019.

More than 6.5 million people in the UK are on the waiting list for treatment, an increase of more than 50 percent since 2019.

Patients in Spain wait an average of 123 days to have surgery. This corresponds to the highest level in the last 18 years.

Austria had the highest bribery rate of any European country in 2019. More than one in nine people have been pressured by healthcare professionals to pay bribes. Rates above 5 percent were recorded in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming

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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020

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Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.

It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.

About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.

So, what brand of vehicles do those who have bought or will buy electric cars among our followers use? We are waiting your comments.

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.

Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.

Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.

The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.

Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.

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