Boldt has never worked in the Czech RepublicBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2281 (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2281
- Karel Cvachovec, anaesthetist and president, Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
- On behalf of the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
A recent article stated that Joachim Boldt has left Germany and is rumoured to be working as an anaesthetist, possibly in the Czech Republic.1
With regard to the Czech Republic, this rumour is untrue and totally unsubstantiated. Immediately after reading the article, I contacted the Czech medical chamber, which runs a register of doctors licensed to practise medicine in the Czech Republic, both on a temporary and time limited basis. The reply was that no one in the name of Joachim Boldt has ever applied for or been granted a licence to practise medicine in the Czech Republic.
Without registration and a licence no one can practise or be employed as a doctor in this country. It is a pity that the author’s research was not more thorough. Although termed a “rumour” the information might be interpreted as evidence of a dubious situation in the Czech Republic. I would thus be very much grateful if the BMJ would publish this letter stating that Boldt is not working and never has worked in the Czech Republic.
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Competing interests: None declared.