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Hospitals refuse cooperation with public prosecutor because they are afraid

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Doctors and hospital staff often obstruct investigations by the public prosecutor into medical mistakes out of misplaced fear, according to public prosecutor Marjolein van Eykelen in the Telegraaf.

The public prosecutor, who specialises in medical cases, was speaking at a congress on patient safety organised by government party VVD in parliament.

According to Van Eykelen, fear of prosecution hampers the course of justice. A lack of openness can even lead to victims of medical mistakes being unable to claim compensation, she said.

The latest example is the new duty for a doctor to call in a forensic specialist where an under-age patient dies. 'This does not happen in half of cases,' Van Eykelen told the congress.

The public prosecutor said her team receives around a hundred cases a year. Only a handful of these lead to prosecutions, but hospitals refuse in almost all cases to provide medical information.


© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Wow, so now we cannot trust the hospitals here either?? Who can I trust here to be honest and act with integrity and good faith on my behalf and on our society's behalf here in the Netherlands? This is getting a bit ridiculous - and bordering on becoming an unsafe environment to live in.

By Z | 26 February 2013 11:26 AM

In my personal experience when mistakes happen doctors’ even professors will lie their ass off to cover things up, especially when they know or even don't know the offending dr. It's a circus really. Point is here in NL all Dr.s have to have 3rd party liability insurance to practice.
When you become a dr you are informed that if you make a mistake then you are legally obliged to inform the hospital, but under no circumstances inform the patient! If you do your insurance liability is withdrawn and you become personally liable...furthermore you will not be able to practice in the future as no one will insure you again...i.e. career over.Duh!!

By browngeorge | 27 February 2013 8:52 PM

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