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The Netherlands Swears in New Health Ministry Leaders

Correspondent: Marthe Haverkamp

Seven months after the Dutch general election in March 2017, a new cabinet was sworn in under Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is now led by two ministers, Hugo de Jonge of the Christian Democratic Appeal party and Bruno Bruins of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy. De Jonge will be responsible for youth health care, district nursing, quality of care, and medical-ethical decisions; Bruins for curative care, the health care insurance market, pharma, and infectious disease prevention. Paul Blokhuis of the Christian Union party will function as State Secretary of Health, Welfare and Sport, and will be responsible for behavioral health.

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