In Brief: Former nurse convicted of killing 85 patients

A verdict has been reached in a mass murder case in Lower Saxony, and protesters rally as federal and state officials are in Leipzig for a two-day conference on health care. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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Update: Niels Högel has been convicted of murdering 85 patients and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Oldenburg regional court is expected to deliver a verdict today in the case of a nurse from Lower Saxony, accused of killing 100 patients.

Niels Högel is accused of administering unnecessary drugs to patients to induce cardiac arrest. According to prosecutors, he would do so to demonstrate his resuscitation skills to his colleagues and superiors. His alleged victims were between 34 and 96 years old.

Högel was already convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.


On Wednesday, protesters in Leipzig rallied for better labor conditions in a variety of health care fields, including geriatric care, hospital work and psychiatry. Federal and state officials are in Leipzig for a two-day conference on health care. In an interview with ZDF Wednesday morning, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn promised improvements.

“This problem has developed over many years,” Spahn said. “We can argue over why – there’s a lot to say – but it doesn’t matter. It needs to be solved now in 2019 – in June.”

He also said there’s a massive loss of trust now among workers in the healthcare sector and that they don’t believe the government wants to make a difference in their daily lives. He added, change is going to take time.

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