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Dutch regulate sponsorship of hospitals

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 19 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1644
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch hospitals and health institutions are being urged to sign a new code of conduct regulating sponsorship and fundraising, which researchers estimate now raise more than £200m ($320m) a year.

    The code, backed by the Ministry of Health, follows MPs' questions over the implications of industry offering hospitals “technical support” and pharmaceutical companies sponsoring patients' groups.

    Though the code is voluntary, its authors believe that it …

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