Dutch doctor jailed for wrong diagnoses

Dutch ex-neurologist Ernst Jansen has been jailed for wrongly diagnosing serious diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and atrophy.

A Dutch ex-neurologist has been sentenced to three years in jail for a series of wrong diagnoses that led to the suicide of a patient, in the first case of its kind in the country.

Ernst Jansen, 68, was on Tuesday found "guilty of intentionally compromising the health of eight patients" between 1997 and 2003, the Almelo district court said in a statement.

"He wrongly diagnosed the eight patients and used the wrong treatments," the court added.

It said Jansen wrongly diagnosed serious diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and atrophy.

In one case a patient was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and confined to a wheelchair when he was actually suffering from a hernia, Dutch media reported.

In another, the former specialist wrongly told a patient she was in the final stages of two terminal diseases and she then committed suicide, the court said.

"The court is convinced the patient died as a result of her treatment," it said.

Prosecutors wanted a six-year sentence in a case that made headlines in the country and has been described as the biggest of its kind by Dutch media.

"It is the first time a doctor has been sent to jail for mistakes made in diagnosing patients," Dutch news agency ANP reported.

Source AAP

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