British surgeon accused of manslaughter

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 07 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1187
  1. C Essex,
  2. O Dyer

    A warrant for the arrest of a British cardiothoracic surgeon, Mr Keith Ramstead, on charges of manslaughter, has been issued in New Zealand. Mr Ramstead, who used to work in Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand but has since returned to Britain, faces charges of manslaughter and three charges of making a false statement under the Births and Deaths Registration Act. The charges follow a 13 month police inquiry in which detectives investigated nine deaths, including seven identified in a report in 1993 by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. That report highlighted serious deficiencies …

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