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Police investigate “euthanasia” deaths

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:143
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Police and health officials are investigating at least 50deaths of patients around England amid accusations that the deaths were hastened by denying the patients intravenous fluids.

    The inquiries centre on hospitals in Derby, Surrey, Kent, and Sussex. Most of the inquiries are looking into individual cases, but the Derby investigation is probing the deaths of 40patients with dementia on a psychogeriatric ward at the Kingsway Hospital between 1993and 1997.In a …

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