Dutch GPs are set to strike over 10% cuts to primary care budget

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6299
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

Almost two thirds of the Netherlands’ 7500 general practitioners are set to join a national demonstration in Amsterdam on 6 October against a 10% claw back in funding, which, they say, threatens modern Dutch primary care.

The National Association of General Practitioners, one of several professional bodies backing the action, is shocked as the cuts run contrary to the government’s stated aim of promoting “better and cheaper” local care.

Last week’s budget repeated that care should be “nearby where possible and further away where necessary.” Specifically it says that next year GPs should refer fewer patients to hospitals—174 per 1000 as opposed to 200 this year.

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