New Dutch health minister will need to compromiseBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6954.560 (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:560
- T Sheldon
A senior figure in Dutch medicine has been appointed to steer health services through the conflicting demands of a coalition government formed last week. As the Netherlands' new health minister, Professor Els Borst-Eilers has the task of picking up the pieces of reforms to the health insurance system, saving £430m in four years, and maintaining the quality and breadth of services.
Professor Borst-Eilers trained as a doctor before pursuing an academic career in immunology. She was medical director of Utrecht University Hospital for 13 years and since 1986 has been deputy chairperson of the health council, a government scientific advisory body. She has argued through the council that the use of new medical …