Title: French doctors and radiologist jailed for radiation overdoses
Date: 30 Jan 2013
Two doctors and a radiologist have been sentenced to 18 months in prison for their role in radiation overdoses that killed at least 12 people in France and left dozens seriously ill.
Overdoses were given to nearly 450 cancer patients at the Jean Monnet hospital in Epinal in northeastern France between 2001 and 2006. It is the most serious incident of its kind France has known.
As a result of the errors, many of the affected patients suffered sexual dysfunction as well as serious digestive and urinary problems. [...]
At least 24 people treated between May 2004 and August 2005 received 20 per cent more radiation than recommended due to a calibration error [...]
Human error also led to 424 other prostate cancer patients being administered with overdoses of between eight and 10 per cent [...]
In his closing remarks, the chief prosecutor delivered a damning indictment of the doctors’ “desire to hide the truth from the victims and their attempts to play down, even disguise their mistakes”. [...]
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Published: January 30th, 2013 at 6:09 pm ET
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