The Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam has fired a prominent professor for alleged fabrication of research data and betraying the trust of patients.
The professor in perioperative cardiovascular care, also an internist, is alleged to have examined patients in the course of his latest research without prior written consent. He is also alleged to have filled in research results which are unrelated to patient information. Via a spokesperson, the professor admits to having failed to follow work regulations, but denied having faked any data, adds the NRC Handelsblad.
The Erasmus MC says it will look into earlier studies by the professor. It will also tighten its supervision into data collection. Several hundreds of patients involved in this latest research will get a letter of apology.