Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Netherlands)

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Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport
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Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Department overview
Formed September 15, 1951; 63 years ago (1951-09-15)
Jurisdiction Kingdom of the Netherlands
Headquarters Parnassusplein 5, The Hague, Netherlands
Annual budget €76,7 billion (2013)[1]
Minister responsible Edith Schippers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Deputy Minister responsible Martin van Rijn, State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport
Website Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Dutch: Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport; VWS) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for Health, Welfare and Sport. The Ministry was created in 1951 as the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and had several name changes before it became the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in 1994. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, currently Edith Schippers.

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Responsibilities[edit]

The ministry is responsible for three policy areas:

  • Public health and health care
  • Welfare and social-cultural work
  • Sports

Organisation[edit]

The ministry is currently headed by a minister and one State Secretary. The ministry's main office is located in the centre of The Hague. The civil service is headed by a secretary general and a deputy secretary general, who head a system of three directorates general:

  • Public Health, responsible for safety, prevention and sports
  • Health Care, responsible for care, medicine and health insurance
  • Youth and Welfare

The ministry is also responsible for several autonomous agencies, most prominently:

History[edit]

There had been a ministry of Social Work since 1952. In 1965 it was also given responsibility for Culture and Recreation and it was named Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Social Work. Between 1951 and 1973 there had been a Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Care. In 1973 a separate Ministry of Health and the Environment was formed. In 1982 these two ministries merged to form the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sports. Responsibilities concerning the environment and nature management were given to the newly reorganized Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries. The ministry built a new headquarters in 2003 designed by architect Michael Graves. In 1996 the responsibility for culture was transferred to the newly reorganized Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

List of Ministers of Health, Welfare and Sport[edit]

For full list, see Ministers of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands. (Dutch)

Minister of Social Affairs and Health Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Dolf Joekes Dolf Joekes March 15, 1951 –
September 2, 1952
VDB Willem Drees
(Drees I)
Ko Suurhoff Ko Suurhoff September 2, 1952 –
December 22, 1958
PvdA Willem Drees
(Drees IIIII)
Louis Beel Louis Beel
(ad interim, as
Prime Minister)
December 22, 1958 –
May 19, 1959
KVP Louis Beel
(Beel II)
Charles van Rooy Charles van Rooy May 19, 1959 –
July 3, 1961[Res]
KVP Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
Victor Marijnen Victor Marijnen
(ad interim, as
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries)
July 3, 1961 –
July 17, 1961
KVP
Gerard Veldkamp Gerard Veldkamp July 17, 1961 –
April 5, 1967
KVP Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
Jo Cals
(Cals)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Bauke Roolvink Bauke Roolvink April 5, 1967 –
July 6, 1971
ARP Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Minister of Health,
the Environment and Hygiene
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Louis Stuyt Louis Stuyt July 6, 1971 –
May 11, 1973
KVP Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Irene Vorrink Irene Vorrink May 11, 1973 -
December 19, 1977
PvdA Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Leendert Ginjaar Leendert Ginjaar December 19, 1977 –
September 11, 1981
VVD Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Til Gardeniers-Berendsen Til Gardeniers-Berendsen September 11, 1981 –
November 4, 1982
CDA Dries van Agt
(Van Agt IIIII)
Minister of Health,
Welfare and Culture
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Elco Brinkman Elco Brinkman November 4, 1982 –
November 7, 1989
CDA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Hedy d'Ancona Hedy d'Ancona November 7, 1989 –
August 22, 1994
PvdA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Minister of Health,
Welfare and Sport
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Els Borst Els Borst
(also Deputy Prime Minister 1998–2002)
August 22, 1994 –
July 22, 2002
D66 Wim Kok
(Kok III)
Eduard Bomhoff Eduard Bomhoff
(also Deputy Prime Minister)
July 22, 2002 –
October 16, 2002[Res]
LPF Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende I)
Aart Jan de Geus Aart Jan de Geus
(also Minister of Social Affairs and Employment)
October 16, 2002 –
May 27, 2003
CDA
Hans Hoogervorst Hans Hoogervorst May 27, 2003 –
February 22, 2007
VVD Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIII)
Ab Klink Ab Klink February 22, 2007 –
October 14, 2010
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
Edith Schippers Edith Schippers October 14, 2010 – VVD Mark Rutte
(Rutte III)
Res. Resigned.

Living former Ministers of Health, Welfare and Sport[edit]

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Term Age
Til Gardeniers-Berendsen 1981-1982 (1925-02-18) February 18, 1925 (age 89)
Elco Brinkman 1982-1989 (1948-02-05) February 5, 1948 (age 66)
Hedy d'Ancona 1989-1994 (1937-10-01) October 1, 1937 (age 76)
Eduard Bomhoff 2002 (1944-09-30) September 30, 1944 (age 69)
Aart Jan de Geus 2002-2003 (1955-07-28) July 28, 1955 (age 59)
Hans Hoogervorst 2003-2007 (1956-04-19) April 19, 1956 (age 58)
Ab Klink 2007-2010 (1958-11-02) November 2, 1958 (age 55)
Edith Schippers 2010- (1964-08-25) August 25, 1964 (age 50)

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) XVI Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, Rijksoverheid, September 18, 2012

External links[edit]