GP’s suicide after suspension for administering an overdose provokes a storm in the Netherlands

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6673
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht, Netherlands

A GP in the Netherlands who was suspended for administering a very high dose of a pain killer and sedative to a dying patient has been found dead, in what is believed to have been an act of suicide. His death has sparked concern among doctors.

Dr Nico Tromp’s suspension occurred after public prosecution service officials, including police, had arrived unannounced and searched his home. He was subsequently interviewed and suspended from practising medicine. Several days later he was found dead. As a result the Dutch GPs’ association (LHV) has called for an independent investigation.

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