National / Science & Health Mar 24, 2015

Survey finds high death rate after complex liver surgery

Alarmed by a spate of deaths following laparoscopic operations last year at Gunma University Hospital, a surgeons association has surveyed other medical institutions and found a worryingly high death rate nationwide. The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery surveyed 212 medical institutions in January and found ...

Editorials Mar 21, 2015

Appalling surgical negligence

Gunma University Hospital's final report on the death of eight patients following laparoscopic liver surgery gives an appalling picture of what happened at the institution.

National Jan 16, 2015

Laparoscopy death rate at Gunma hospital quadruple nationwide average

Laparoscopic surgery patients who have their livers removed at Gunma University Hospital are dying at quadruple the national average, three medical societies said in a recent report. The Japan Surgical Society, the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery and the National Clinical Database said fatalities stood ...

Editorials Nov 26, 2014

Probing Gunma patient deaths

Gunma University Hospital's investigative committee as well as the health ministry should carry out a thorough probe to find out what led to the deaths of eight patients who underwent liver surgery.