Dozens of patients allege unnecessary heart surgeryBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7398.1055 (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1055
- Fred Charatan
A lawsuit brought on behalf of 82 patients who were allegedly subjected to unnecessary cardiac surgery at Redding Medical Center, Redding, northern California, has been filed in a Californian county superior court.
Nine of the 82 patients later died, and some of the deaths have been attributed to the unnecessary surgery, the lawsuit says. It further contends that a deliberate push for high profits prompted the hospital and doctors to perform inordinate numbers of highly profitable heart procedures, whether they were necessary or not.
Last October the …