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Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

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Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
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16:23 CEST+02:00
Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police.

Sweden’s health inspectorate ordered the practice’s closure after getting complaints about the surgery’s sole doctor.

When inspectors arrived at the doctor’s office, the place was in disarray. Two visitors sat a table smoking and drinking beer, while handwritten medical records lay strewn on the table and floor, right at the feet of the doctor’s German shepherd dog.

The physician, who is affiliated with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, had been renting a room in a clinic for just a few weeks when the inspectors dropped by.

His landlord told the health inspectorate that the doctor had also lived in the room from the day he moved in.

The doctor had received patients there, but the inspectorate said the room bore few signs of being a surgery.

It lacked an examination table and medical instruments and was filled instead with rubbish bags and empty cans.

“Obviously it’s appalling when something like this happens,” said Gunnar Moa, head of the health inspectorate’s south-western division.

The inspectors showed up at the surgery unannounced after receiving an anonymous tip-off as well as indications from the regional head office.

“I can’t specify exactly what indications we had but I’m grateful for the fact that we acted so quickly,” said Gunnar Moa.  

The inspectorate has launched an investigation to see if it will push to have the doctor's licence revoked. 

He has been suspended from running his own practice.

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