Many Suicides in Swedish Hospitals Not Reported
A Swedish Radio news survey claims that a third of the suicides committed in Swedish hospitals or under Swedish health care are not reported – in violation of the law.
The study adds that in cases of possible suicide, nearly half the cases are not reported.
The law requires that a hospital is obliged to report itself to the authorities in case of a suicide – so that an investigation can show if there was any negligence. This would also cover an ex-patient for the first month after his release.
Some hospital staff insist that their bosses prevent them from making a suicide report – apparently afraid that some one would be blamed for the death.