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Netherlands – Prosecuted agency doctor goes unnoticed

09 January 2013

A disgraced agency doctor from the Netherlands who faces prosecution in his home country for misdiagnosing patients – and subsequently lost his right to practice his profession in the country – was still able to find work through a German staffing firm which failed to check his background.

Jansen Steur, a neurologist, had worked at a hospital in the German south-western town of Heilbronn which has let him go last week since finding out about his legal proceedings in the Netherlands. He had signed up online with the German staffing company Doctari which never met Mr Steur in person. The agency was not aware of his background.

The doctor is accused of wrongly diagnosing patients in the Netherlands with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological illnesses, leading to unnecessary operations and medical costs. A court accuses him of causing grievous bodily harm in at least 21 cases.

Dutch politicians have meanwhile proposed to introduce a “black list” for suspended doctors to increase the protection of patients.

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