Dutch TV personality is under fire for saying it is a waste of resources to provide coronavirus care to ‘obese octogenarians who smoke’ because they ‘will die within two years’
- Jort Kelder, a Dutch TV personality, was criticized for insensitive comments
- These resources have been wasted in helping obese smokers die in two years
- Defended himself by saying he didn’t want them dead, but had economics in mind
A Dutch TV personality has come under fire for controversial comments about the allocation of healthcare resources during the coronavirus crisis.
Journalist Jort Kelder, 55, a close friend of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, had to defend himself after questioning the decision to treat certain vulnerable patients and calling for greater attention to the economy.
“We are currently saving overweight, eight-year-old smokers who smoke,” Kelder said in an interview with the radio station Omrop Fryslân.
Statistically, this is what it’s all about. At some point, it would be good to think about balancing interests. How much economic damage to save people who would surely have died in the next two years. ‘
Journalist Jort Kelder, 55, was forced to defend himself after questioning the decision to treat certain vulnerable patients and urging greater attention to the economy. (pictured in front of Schönbrunn Palace in Austria)
The comments led to criticism on social media, with one user writing: ‘Can Jort Kelder volunteer at a nursing home to do something useful? Because he thinks he’s as invulnerable as Trump should be, right. ‘
Another said, “Why do you want to place” prosperity “above humanity? Beware: in the next crisis you suddenly belong to your own doom group. ‘
A third posted: “Since his comments about not wanting to invest in people, he thinks it is no longer worth investing ……. the man has completely completed this snobbish” HIGH-Society Figure “for me turned down.’
The criticism prompted Mr. Kelder to defend his position in an interview with Algemeen Dagblad.
“I had no intention of killing obese older men,” he said. “Let’s make them better, but let’s also pay attention to the economy. We always think about health, but should it always take precedence over the economy? ‘
Kelder is a respected figure in the Netherlands and regularly appears on TV to discuss the state of affairs.
The comments led to criticism on social media. Pictured, Mr. Kelder in 2009
His words come at a time when more and more people are becoming critical of the lack of measures taken across the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The Dutch Prime Minister’s decision not to close the Netherlands more strictly has also been criticized in recent days, as the number of cases exceeds 19,500. 2,101 people died.
People do not need official documents to leave the house and are still allowed to travel across the country without giving any justification.
Concerned citizens begged The Hague to force the government to shut down completely, but their request was rejected on Tuesday.
The Hague pointed out that the government did not have to call for a lock-out and that it could decide on the best way to deal with the pandemic.
It also emphasized that there was no evidence that the government’s advice was really incorrect.