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German court fines doctor €7000 for death of British patient

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4465
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Daniel Ubani, the German doctor who while working as a locum GP in Britain unintentionally killed a patient with 10 times the recommended dose of diamorphine, was found by a German administrative court to be guilty of professional misconduct in the death and fined €7000 (£6200; $9750).

The action, taken by a section of the Administrative Court of Münster that focuses on healthcare professions, was officially termed a “censure” and seems to be the final legal challenge—criminal, civil, or professional—stemming from the death, said Volker Heiliger, spokesman for the Westfalen-Lippe Medical Association in Münster. Mr Heiliger said that Dr Ubani is still registered to practise medicine but that his private surgical practice in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia, seems to have been closed.

Dr Ubani, who was born in Nigeria but holds German citizenship, was on his first ever UK shift for an independent …

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