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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4098

Transplant doctor charged with attempted manslaughter: Prosecutors have charged the former head of organ transplantation at Göttingen University Hospital in Germany with 11 counts of attempted manslaughter and three of bodily harm with fatal consequences. The case involves altering patients’ data to move them to the top of donated organ waiting lists.1 Four other Göttingen doctors remain under investigation.

Risk of suicide and homicide is often missed: More than a third of 81 people with mental illness who committed suicide (15 of 42 (36%)) or homicide (16 of 39 (41%)) had not been adequately assessed or managed in the week before …

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