Doctors resist government's wish to force feed Fortuyn murder suspect

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:615
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch medical profession has rejected the opinion of justice minister Piet Hein Donner that the man suspected of murdering former politician Pim Fortuyn could be force fed to allow the judicial process to proceed.

    The Royal Dutch Medical Association has argued that medical ethics has never allowed doctors to force treatment on a competent patient.

    The suspect, Volkert van der Graaf, who has been on hunger strike since 12 July, has been judged competent by two …

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