Svenska läkare kontrolleras inte regelbundet som sina europeiska kollegor. Foto: Cleis Nordfjell/TT.
Photo: Cleis Nordfjell/TT.

Warning of poor doctor checks

Experts are critical that Sweden lacks a system to check the competence of physicians, Swedish Radio reports. The program Kaliber says that unlike other countries in Europe, Sweden relies on employers to determine that their personnel have the necessary qualifications.

Kaliber spoke with Ulla Petersson, whose brother sought help for chest pains at a clinic. An ECG indicated that he had suffered a serious heart attack, but the doctor diagnosed the problem as anxiety, and sent the patient home. He died a few hour later.

Center Party MP and pediatrician Anders W. Jonsson tells the program “For authorized accountants, the state checks that they have the necessary competence. It’s shameful that there’s the entire healthcare system, concerned with people’s health, life, and death, without any kind of competence checks at all.”

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