Monday, November 26, 2012

Spijkenisse: Cardiology Department closed and Doctors not allowed to Work

The Ruwaard van Putten Hospital in Spijkenisse has closed its cardiology department in view of the high number of deaths in 2010. The Inspectorate of Health has told 4 cardiologists to stop working immediately while 51 files of dead patients are investigated. The Inspectorate says that the department was an acute and serious danger to patient safety. The Inspectorate had been informed of misconduct in the hospital long ago, but it did not act. The Federation of Dutch Patients said that it is unacceptable that no information has been given earlier about the poor quality of the care. It added “Had there been openness about the quality and the number of deaths, patients would have avoided the hospital.”

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