Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hungary: Suspicious Hospital Deaths

Hungarian police have launched an investigation into 70 suspicious deaths at a Budapest hospital following claims that patients were given lethal drug overdoses.

Police have interviewed doctors and nurses at the Uzsoki Hospital over deaths which took place between 2005 and 2007. They came to light after a former doctor at the hospital wrote an article for a medical journal in which he alleged that cancer patients had died from overdoses of morphine. The hospital has declined to comment.

According to a report in the London Telegraph, it is possible that patients were euthanased by giving them overdoses of morphine. Murder could be difficult to prove, as morphine may have been needed to control severe pain, rather than less potent drugs.

Euthanasia in Hungary is illegal. Istvan Eger, president of the Hungarian Hospital Association, said that any proven "misuse of drugs or euthanasia clearly constitutes a violation of ethics, and is a matter with criminal consequences". ~ London Telegraph, Nov 25


George Patsourakos said...

The 70 suspicious hospital deaths in Hungary between 2005 and 2007 need to be investigated more closely.

In Massachusetts -- about 10 years ago -- a nurse pleaded guilty to intentionally poisoning several patients in a hospital in the western part of the state.

I believe she was sentenced to life in prison -- rather than the death penalty -- because she pleaded guilty.

Alice C. Linsley said...

It is so disturbing when those who take an oath to heal and help, turn to the dark side and kill.