Socialized medicine and free speech
A Norwegian doctor is the subject of an ethics complaint for publically objecting to rationing of medical care. The doctor, Sverre Kjeldsen, disagreed witht the government dictating that cheap diuretics had to be used as the first line agents in patients with hypertension.
The news report that provoked the case was a front page news story in a Norwegian national newspaper, Dagbladet, published on 11 February 2004. In the report Sverre Kjeldsen, professor of cardiology at the University of Oslo, was quoted as saying that “the authorities urge us to kill the patients with pure rat poison,” in an article that suggested that high doses of cheap thiazides worked in a similar way to rat poison.The journalist got the story badly wrong as thiazides do not work like rat poison; instead, a common medication to prevent clots (aka "thin the blood") called warfarin (or coumadin) is also used as a rat poison (more here).
The news story came after a change in drug regulations made by the Norwegian parliament in 2004, making low dosage thiazides the treatment of first choice for the management of hypertension. Doctors have to prescribe them unless they can give an explicit medical reason for making another choice
I don't have an informed opinion on what medicine should be used first for hypertension, but I find it troubling that critics of government dictated health care decisions face "ethics" charges for speaking out.