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Fourteen cases of euthanasia to be referred to French police

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7450.1221-a (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1221
  1. Brad Spurgeon
  1. Paris

    Fourteen of eighteen suspected cases of euthanasia at the University Hospital in Besançon, in eastern France, are euthanasia in the eyes of the law, according to a medical expert's report delivered to the city's prosecutor in January and made public last week.

    After a local health authority in April 2002 found evidence of possible euthanasia in the deaths of the patients in the intensive care unit between 1998 and 2001 the case was handed over to the Besançon prosecutor for a preliminary analysis by a medical expert.

    “Of the 18 cases examined by the expert—all of which were hopeless cases, where it was decided to abandon treatment—fourteen were, in the eyes of the law, euthanasia,” Jean-Yves Coquillat, the …

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