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Surgeon’s mistakes revive issue of regulation of European locums

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1584
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A botched operation by a surgeon flown in from Germany to provide holiday cover at an English hospital has been blamed for hastening the death of a 94 year old woman.

    Coroner Stuart Fisher said he had been “deeply shocked” by the case of Ena Dickinson, who died eight weeks after what should have been a routine hip operation but which left her bedbound.

    The surgeon, Werner Kolb, who is based in Stuttgart but was on a six-week holiday cover placement, made a catalogue of errors during the hemiarthroplasty operation at Grantham Hospital in Lincolnshire in August …

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