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Doctor suspended as high death rate in emergency department is investigated

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1044-g (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1044
  1. Claire Wallerstein
  1. Madrid

    A Madrid hospital is at the centre of a legal and political storm after claims of an abnormally high death rate in its emergency department. Thirteen deaths at the Severo Ochoa Hospital are being investigated by the local public prosecutors' office. But defenders of the public hospital claim that local politicians have whipped up criticism to create support for privatisation in the health sector.

    In March, Manuel Lamela, the provincial health minister, received anonymous complaints relating to the sedation of hundreds of apparently terminally ill patients dating back more than …

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