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Germany’s commissioner for patients calls for register of doctors’ errors

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1084 (Published 23 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1084
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    The German government’s commissioner for patients has called for the establishment of a federal register listing “doctors’ mistakes,” a suggestion strongly rejected by the German Medical Association as unnecessary while at the same time criticised by some campaigners for patients’ rights as inadequate.

    Wolfgang Zöller, a Bundestag member serving as patient commissioner in the German health ministry, proposed the register in an interview in the daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (15 Feb, p 2), saying that Germany needs a “new culture” for dealing with doctors’ errors to reduce their number.

    He suggested setting up a malpractice register, which initially would not identify doctors suspected of malpractice. Establishment of the register could be inserted into a proposed law on patients’ rights now under discussion by the government, he said.

    Spokespeople for the …

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