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German doctors challenge antiterrorism law

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1866
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    Jörg-Dietrich Hoppe, president of the German Medical Association, has joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new antiterrorism law that gives German authorities broad surveillance powers. He says that the law threatens the relationship of trust between doctors and patients because doctors can no longer guarantee confidentiality.

    The lawsuit was filed in late April in Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court by Dr Hoppe and five other prominent complainants representing psychological therapists, journalists, and lawyers.

    Dr Hoppe said that he joined …

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