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Japan's plan to monitor medical mishaps means alerting police

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:72
  1. Joe Lamar
  1. Tokyo

    The Japanese health and welfare ministry is drawing up new rules to deal with medical malpractice in response to a rising number of accidents at hospitals. In the first plan of its type, the ministry will spell out procedures for reporting unexpected deaths or injuries among patients receiving treatment.

    Depending on the degree to which medical staff might be considered responsible, hospitals will be obliged to follow one of three courses of action. If there is a clear causal link between treatment and death or injury, hospitals must file a report to police. If there is a suspicion …

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