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Annadal as 'illustrated his stay in the Sint Annadal hospital in the bookPublication'. |The wellknown artist Charles Eyck described andMy holiday in the white dales of Sint AnnadalBelow: . 73 academic hospital |Right: Aerial photography of Sint Annadal hospital 1986.Archive azMwith permission of mr. R.M.H. Eyck Iin front of his room, in the smoking room or from his bed, faculty of medicine erupted in full force. This battle would notSint Annadal hospital had been in operation for fifteen yearswhen the struggle for the establishment of the eighth Dutchn May 1980, the artist Charles Eijck stayed in the classward of Sint Annadal for almost four weeks. On the terrace 194 he drew and wrote about his stay in the book 'My holiday in the leave the hospital untouched. In 1965, the Foundation for white dales of Sint Annadal'. Eijck missed his estate in Scientific Education in Limburg (SWOL) was founded. Under Ravensbos, but otherwise he wrote about a mostly relaxing stay, the chairmanship of governor Mr Dr Ch.J.M.P. van Rooij, the making special note of the Maastricht nurses, his feet and his foundation was charged with the task of accomplishing that a blood platelets. All this despite the very troubled period during new university with a medical faculty would be established in which Annadal was transformed to an academic hospital. Southern Limburg. The SWOL had strong arguments. There was Six years later, the board of the academic hospital Maastricht a need for a massive increase in the number of places for presented the book to the entire staff and personnel in medical students, and it was of paramount importance, in order remembrance of what by then had become the former Sint to ensure a fair distribution of higher education across the Annadal hospital. country, to take steps to address Limburg's disadvantaged position with relatively low numbers of students from the province going to university. A faculty of medicine in Limburg would benefit both health care and public health. Moreover, a university in Maastricht would have a major impact on economic restructuring of the region, where the closure of the coal mines had just been announced. Similar arguments, however, were put forward by the competition in Twente, Tilburg and Eindhoven. A study group led by mr. G.E. van Walsum, who as mayor of Rotterdam had succeeded in securing the establishment of the seventh faculty of medicine in that town in 1965, gave a positive advice about the establishment of an eighth faculty of medicine to the minister of Education and Science with the provision that it would be affiliated with an academic hospitel with a capacity of 1,000 to 1,250 beds. The Van Walsum committee was divided on the point of the faculty's location and made no recommendations in this regard. However, none of the potential candidate for a new faculty had the means and capacity to build a large academic hospital. With


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