Stuttgart / Heilbronn - Around year after the Heilbronn clinic scandal involving Dutch doctor became known, the recommendations for the protection of patients have been published. Checklists for hiring doctors, information about documents to be submitted and sample declaration for professionally relevant criminal proceedings are intended to help clinics to recognize black sheep more easily, the Ministry of Health announced in Stuttgart on Wednesday. "With these recommendations, the risks can be significantly reduced, even if there is no one hundred percent security against highly criminal doctors," said Minister Katrin Altpeter (SPD).
However, according to the Baden-Württemberg Hospital Association, this alone is enough not from. "A major drawback is that there is currently no nationwide central register of doctors where the validity of the license can be queried," said spokeswoman. The exchange between the approval authorities in Germany does not work seamlessly, and there are still deficits in coordination with foreign authorities. In addition, forged documents are often not recognized by clinics and can hardly be discovered without central register.
The association recommends that senior doctors in particular have to present police clearance certificate. In addition, doctors should issue declaration upon recruitment to ensure that there are no professionally relevant convictions, criminal proceedings or criminal investigations against them. In case of doubt, the contract could be challenged due to fraudulent misrepresentation and damages could be claimed.
The Dutch scandal doctor Ernst Jansen is said to have deliberately misdiagnosed several patients such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis and is currently on trial. After his release in the Netherlands in 2004, he had also practiced in Worms in Rhineland-Palatinate and at the Heilbronn SLK clinics. that he was never allowed to work as doctor again in the Netherlands. The criminal sentence against him is expected in February.