Doctor may face manslaughter charges after a confidential report is made public

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1381
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

A Dutch paediatric cardiologist is waiting to hear if he is to be charged with manslaughter, after a confidential report into a heart operation was made public, under a law on the disclosure of government information.

The author of the report, Professor Hans Böller, professor of paediatric medicine at Rotterdam's Erasmus University Medical Centre, was angry that his report had been made public, saying: “If you do not allow committees to do fact finding in complete confidentiality you are in trouble.”

The paediatric cardiologist who carried out the procedure was detained in custody for 10 days for …

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