Hospital accused of royal blunder

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch hospital has been accused of seriously damaging the health of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands when he was treated for intestinal cancer in 1994. On Thursday it was confirmed 93-year-old Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix, has an inoperable tumour.

19 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch hospital has been accused of seriously damaging the health of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands when he was treated for intestinal cancer in 1994. On Thursday it was confirmed 93-year-old Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix, has an inoperable tumour.

The two incidents do not seem to be specifically related, and the government information service RVD has not gone so far as to identify the new tumour as cancerous.

In a new twist in the story, one of the prince's friends has told a television programme that medical negligence 10 years ago reduced the once vital man to a "wreak".

Bob Smalhout, a retired professor of anaesthesiology, made the claim on royal watchers' programme Blauw Bloed, which will be screened on Saturday 20 November.

He claimed that negligence by doctors at the Universitair Medisch Centrum (UMC) in Utrecht after an operation in 1994 to remove a tumour from the prince's large intestine led to gastric juice getting into his longs.

This caused lasting damage to the prince's health, Smalhout claimed. The hospital has yet to respond to his allegations.

The prince underwent a second operation to remove a cancerous growth in 2000.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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