Dutch court supports whistle blowing surgeon

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:333
  1. Tony Sheldon

    A Dutch court has said that a leading children's hospital cannot ban one of its consultant paediatric surgeons after it claimed that he had given the hospital a bad name. The court in Utrecht ruled that the surgeon had merely voiced his concerns to colleagues and superiors over the quality of results in complex neonatal heart surgery. The court said that in doing this he was exercising his “professional responsibility” as a doctor.

    Last December consultant paediatric cardiologist Dr Erik Jan Meijboom was given half an hour's notice …

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