It could not have happened at a worse time for organ transplant medicine in Germany. Shortly after a new law encouraging organ donation came into effect, the Süddeutsche Zeitungnewpaper in Munich revealed that one of the country’s leading surgeons had been accused of systematically falsifying documentation to bump his patients up the waiting list.
Police have launched a criminal investigation into the work of the unnamed surgeon at Göttingen University Hospital. It is alleged that in at least 25 cases, he falsified records to make patients seem sicker than they really were. The most common method, apparently, was to to declare that a patient with liver disease also had kidney problems.