Italian GPs (general practitioners) suspended for accepted bribes:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Over 130 Italian GPs have been suspended for two months after being found guilty of accepting bribes to send patients to a private clinic for unnecessary radiological examinations, reports The British Medical Journal (Vol 316, p 1264). The Centro di Medicina Nucleare in Milan allegedly promised to pay the GPs L50,000 ($27) per patient. It has also been accused of performing protracted, expensive investigations, rather than using simpler, cheaper methods. Between 1991 and 1996 the centre claims it carried out over 32,000 examinations. This would have cost the Italian national health service L10.8 billion.