Hospital right to withhold dead baby records

Leiden University’s teaching hospital was right to refuse to give prosecutors the medical records of a 10-month old baby whose mother was suspected of child abuse, the high court ruled on Tuesday.

Doctors refused to give the baby’s records to the public prosecution department because it would break confidentiality agreements, Trouw reported.
The baby died in 2007 after a number of ‘life-threatening incidents’ at which the mother was nearly always present, the paper said.
Hospital officials had alerted the authorities to the baby’s situation under child protection laws after it was admitted in March. The baby was discharged and died an unnatural death at home 12 days later.
The baby’s parents had given the public prosecution department permission to have the records but this was not sufficient grounds, Trouw quoted the court as saying.

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