The number of hospitals that are able to deliver critically plannable care according to plan has fallen further.

While 63 percent of hospitals were able to provide all this care last week, this percentage dropped to 49 percent this week.

This is evident from figures from the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), which observes that the pressure on healthcare is increasing further.

Critically plannable care is care that is necessary within six weeks to prevent health damage to the patient.

The fact that not all hospitals can deliver this as planned means that the delayed critical care must be made up within a few weeks, according to the NZa.

Plannable care, which includes interventions that can be postponed without causing permanent damage to the patient, was no longer delivered as planned in almost all hospitals.

Acute and semi-acute care can still be provided.

In intensive care units (ICs), the pressure is still unabatedly high.

For almost two weeks the occupancy in the ic has been above eight hundred patients.

The number of corona patients on the IC is expected to remain high throughout May, said Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Acute Care Network (LNAZ) earlier this week.

According to Kuipers, the influx could possibly rise slightly, which would put the hospitals under even more pressure, according to him.


Kuipers: 'Highest IC occupancy in almost a year, no black code'

1.4 million fewer referrals than expected

The corona crisis also has an effect on the number of referrals of patients to hospitals.

The estimated number of missed referrals since March 2020, the start of the corona crisis, has risen to 1.4 million.

This has led to 1.1 million fewer outpatient visits and 230,000 fewer surgeries than there would normally have been, according to the authority.

Only in cardiology, dermatology and ophthalmology were the numbers of operations as in previous years.

The NZa further estimates that since March 2020 there have been approximately 75,000 fewer referrals to mental health care than would have been expected without corona.