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Doctor charged with raping patients

A doctor in Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden was on Tuesday charged with raping and sexually assaulting several female patients.

Doctor charged with raping patients

The 40-year-old physician is suspected of one case of rape at Tunafors health clinic in Eskilstuna, where he was previously employed.

The prosecutor deems the doctor’s actions in the case to constitute rape and is also accused of having placed the patient’s hand on his sexual organ.

The patient is reported to have been incapacitated at the time due to their condition.

According to the local Eskilstuna daily, the doctor was also previously employed at Vingåker health clinic and in Örebro.

The man is furthermore suspected of 11 cases of sexual molestation during his time employed at the three clinics.

The doctor was arrested in January in connection with the allegations and was later remanded into custody.

During the course of the high-profile investigation several more cases came to light and were added to the list of the charges that the doctor now face.

The man is no longer remanded in custody and denies the charges.

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Woman dies hours after ambulance no-show

A hospital has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after it chose against sending an ambulance to a woman with breathing problems who died hours later from blood clotting to her lungs.

Woman dies hours after ambulance no-show

Emergency workers from the Södra Älvsborg Hospital in southern Sweden suspected the patient, who was in her forties, was simply suffering from stomach flu when she called complaining of breathing problems, diarrhoea, and fever.

They chose against picking her up, advising the woman to stay at home, where she died several hours later, shortly after another ambulance arrived.

The coroner’s report showed that the woman died from blood clotting to her lungs, according to the Borås Tidning newspaper, something the nurses couldn’t have known from the woman’s own evaluation.

“It’s a tricky case, very unusual,” Jerker Isacson, chief of medicine at the hospital, told the paper.

The incident occurred earlier in the year when winter flu was in full force, and the emergency workers were overloaded with call outs.

The hospital itself has now reported the incident to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) in accordance with Sweden’s Lex-Maria laws, the informal name for regulations governing the reporting of injuries and incidents in the healthcare system.

“We want it to be evaluated and to investigate ourself how the paramedics acted the first time. We don’t know if it was the right judgment when they were there. The nurses made no obvious mistakes or errors,” Isacson said.

“The patient had good information but we want to be as sure as possible that something similar will not happen again.”

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