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Munich hospital closes liver transplantation list after audit uncovers errors

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7417 (Published 02 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7417
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

The medical school hospital at the Technical University of Munich has stopped accepting new liver transplant patients while it investigates suspected manipulation of patient data.

The alleged data manipulation at the hospital, whose official name is Münchner Klinikum Rechts der Isar, was apparently done to make patients seem sicker than they were and therefore to move them ahead of other patients on waiting lists for scarce donor livers.

The Munich case comes after this summer’s allegations of data manipulation at university hospitals in Göttingen and Regensburg, which sparked concerns that Germans would lose trust in the organ donation system and be less likely to sign donor cards.1

Criminal prosecutors are investigating those two cases, as well as the Munich hospital.

Günter Kirste, medical director of the …

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