German medical training comes under scrutiny after manslaughter conviction

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5315
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

The conviction of a junior doctor in Germany on charges of involuntary manslaughter over the death in hospital of an infant will have consequences for medical training throughout Germany, said the head of the regional medical association where the court case was heard.

The doctor, affiliated to the University of Münster, was initially found guilty in October 2012 of involuntary manslaughter by a local court in Bielefeld.1 He appealed against this lower court’s decision to Bielefeld District Court, which on 14 August upheld the conviction.

Theodor Windhorst, president of the Westfalen-Lippe Medical Association, said, “Unfortunately the judges for the time being have created more uncertainty than clarification.” …

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