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Dozens of patients allege unnecessary heart surgery

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1055
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A lawsuit brought on behalf of 82 patients who were allegedly subjected to unnecessary cardiac surgery at Redding Medical Center, Redding, northern California, has been filed in a Californian county superior court.

    Nine of the 82 patients later died, and some of the deaths have been attributed to the unnecessary surgery, the lawsuit says. It further contends that a deliberate push for high profits prompted the hospital and doctors to perform inordinate numbers of highly profitable heart procedures, whether they were necessary or not.

    Last October the …

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