Inspectorate: no structural malpractice in Van der Hoeven Kliniek

The Inspectorate of Security and Justice did not discover evidence of structural malpractice by the Van der Hoeven Kliniek clinic for clinical forensic psychiatry with respect to granting patient leave. The Inspectorate started up its investigation when, in late February, it became known that one patient was provided with more freedom than was allowed. The findings in its report provided sufficient reason for Mr Klaas Dijkhof, State Secretary of Security and Justice, to lift the ban disallowing the Van der Hoeven Kliniek to accept new patients.

In its report, the Inspectorate finds that errors were made by the Van der Hoeven Kliniek in the case under investigation and that too little opposition was organised to prevent these from being made. The Inspectorate also points out that the clinic's position in this case had become more complex over the past few years, partly in consequence to policy changes.

The Inspectorate recommends that the Van der Hoeven Kliniek clarify its patient leave procedures. It also recommends that the National Agency of Correctional Institutions explicitly state the number of nights spent away in the application for leave. Finally, the Inspectorate recommends that State Secretary Dijkhoff take prior rulings by the courts in consideration in the decision-making process.

In his response to the report, State Secretary Dijkhoff states to feel relieved that no structural malpractice is taking place at the clinic. He will follow the Inspectorate's recommendations. As was previously reported to the Lower House, Mr Dijkhoff will submit a letter on the policy on life imprisonment following the summer recess. In this letter, he will refer to the Inspectorate's findings.