Dutch murder case leads to talks with attorney general

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:473
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Talks have begun this week between the Dutch Medical Association and the country's attorney general after the collapse in July of a murder case against a Dutch hospital doctor who gave palliative care to a dying patient.

    Doctors reacted with alarm after it emerged that the doctor, Peter Vencken, had spent nine days in custody before being charged with murder after prescribing morphine and the sedative midazolam to a terminally ill patient.

    Dr Vencken, a trainee anaesthetist, was on duty as casualty doctor when he treated a 77 year old man who had had a large cerebral …

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