Doctor in Netherlands is jailed for three years for “medically irresponsible” treatment of patients

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1570
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

In one of the longest criminal investigations in Dutch medical history a former neurologist, Ernst Jansen Steur, has been jailed for three years for harming his patients. This was the first case in the Netherlands of a doctor receiving an unconditional prison sentence for medical malpractice.

From 2009 to 2012 the public prosecution service investigated 40 of Steur’s former patients. Unknown to the prosecutors, Steur was at that time working as a doctor in Germany after being sacked by …

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