German heart surgeon denies corruptionBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7292.946/a (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:946
- Annette Tuffs
A heart surgeon in Heidelberg who was fined DM200000 for accepting money from a manufacturer of heart valves to invest in his research department has denied that he acted corruptly. Siegfried Hagl was found guilty of unlawfully receiving research money via a charity from 1990 to 1992.
A court in Heidelberg ruled that the money should have been given to the administration of Heidelberg university hospital. It was alleged that the firm's payments to Hagl's department varied according to sales figures for the valve. Hagl denied that he had acted corruptly, insisting that …