Dutch MP calls for European medical register after doctor facing 21 criminal charges is found working in Germany

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f219
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

A former consultant neurologist, currently the defendant in one of the largest criminal investigations in Dutch medical history, was in early January still working in a German hospital.

Ernst Jansen Steur, 67, was identified in the SLK Clinic in Heilbronn near Stuttgart by a Dutch journalist. Media reports claim that he has worked in five German hospitals since 2006.

Consequently, the Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, has repeated calls for a central register of doctors working in the European Union. However, the SLK Clinic has said that Jansen Steur presented them with all the necessary qualifications, including a licence to practise and recognition of his specialist training, dating from 2006. It was unaware of the …

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