Crisis talks in the Netherlands after health bill shot down

December 18, 2014 8:42 AM

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Crisis talks in the Netherlands after health bill shot down

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Leaders in the centre-right Dutch government were set to continue crisis talks on Thursday after a health bill submitted by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party was shot down in the Senate by coalition allies.

The bill, a core healthcare reform pushed by the Liberals to reduce government spending, was blocked on Tuesday by three senators in the Labour Party, leaving Rutte scrabbling to find a compromise or else face the risk of his government collapsing.

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