The announcement of the appointment of Hugo de Jonge as the Netherlands Secretary of State for Health means that there is little chance of having a 'specialist' in this post in the near future. Els Borst-Eilers is generally considered to have been the last specialist Secretary of State for Health in the Netherlands. Whether or not she can rightly be considered to be a specialist, this was certainly the image that she cultivated and also used for political ends, for instance, to depoliticise sensitive issues. In this article, we highlight a particularly good example: the medical experiment involving providing approximately 700 long-term addicts with heroin under medical supervision, which Borst implemented with the consent of the Netherlands parliament in 1998.
|Translated title of the contribution||The last specialist secretary of state in the Netherlands: Els Borst-Eilers|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2017|