On 13 September 2017, the public rapporteur for the French State Council recommended refusing Dr. Nicolas Bonnemaison’s appeal, who contested having his license revoked from the Order of Physicians.

As an emergency physician, Nicolas Bonnemaison was originally removed from the Order of Physician’s in April 2014, following accusations of deliberately killing 7 patients in the Bayonne hospital between 2010 and 2011. Although acquitted at the first trial of the Assize Court in Pau, a second trial before the Assize Court in Angers in October 2015 sentenced him to a suspended sentence of 2 years’ prison. After the trial, he requested to be reinstated, but on June 24, 2016, the National Disciplinary Chamber of the Order of Physician’s rejected his appeal.

On September 13th, the public rapporteur agreed with the Disciplinary Chamber of the National Order of Physicians, which refused to re-instate Bonnemaison, and declared that “no legal error had been committed”. In contradiction to Nicolas Bonnemaison’s opinion, the public rapporteur concluded that “the sanction was not out of proportion with the faults committed”.

Dr. Bonnemaison is now contesting the latter decision at the State Council.