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Many Suicides in Swedish Hospitals Not Reported

Published måndag 8 oktober 2007 kl 11.04

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. 

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