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Budapest nurse held over deaths of elderly patients

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:576
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    Police in Hungary have arrested a 24 year old nurse in connection with the deaths of as many as 40 elderly patients in the internal medicine department at Budapest's Nyírô Gyula Hospital over the past year. She is being held under maximum security at the central police headquarters in Budapest pending the outcome of further investigation and tests by a court psychiatrist.

    Hungary's health minister has ordered a review of medication practices and night-time nursing at all the country's hospitals in the wake of the arrest.

    The nurse, identified only as Timea F was formally arrested on 17 February. Police officers acting on information from hospital staff had summoned her to police headquarters …

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