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Polish police hold health workers over alleged murder of patients

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:260
  1. Katka Krosnar
  1. Prague

    Polish police have detained seven people including doctors and paramedics on suspicion of being involved in a scam in which patients were killed and their bodies sold to undertakers.

    They are investigating claims that ambulance crews in Lodz, 110 km from Warsaw, deliberately delayed the arrival of emergency vehicles at patients' homes or at hospitals, leaving patients to die, and even administered drugs that speeded up the deaths of seriously ill patients, in return for bribes. It is thought the practice could have been going on for years and that hundreds …

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