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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 06 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f767

French doctors are jailed for radiation overdoses: Two radiotherapists and a radiologist have been sentenced to 18 months in prison for overdoses given to patients being treated at the Jean Monnet Hospital in Epinal in northeastern France between 2001 and 2006. They were charged with manslaughter, failure to help people in danger, and destroying evidence. At least 12 patients died and 448 others were harmed from overdoses given at the hospital.1 The radiotherapists were each fined €20 000 (£17 200; $27 000) and banned from practising medicine for life. The radiologist was fined €10 000 and banned from working in radiology for five …

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