Eight doctors on trial for involuntary euthanasia
18 September 2006, MADRID — Eight doctors went on trial on Monday accused of the involuntary euthanasia of 15 patients in their care.
18 September 2006
MADRID — Eight doctors went on trial on Monday accused of the involuntary euthanasia of 15 patients in their care.
The doctors, all based at the Madrid hospital Severo Ochoa, are said to have sedated the terminally ill patients against their wills.
The case started in March 2005 when an anonymous informant claimed doctors at the hospital of being behind the 'murders' of 400 patients.
The deaths were said to have occurred between September 2003 and March 2005.
A report found from a study of 169 deaths, 73 showed signs of malpractice on the part of the doctors.
But a later report said, from a smaller study of 13 cases, there was no evidence of bad practice.
The doctors were not consulted during the preparation of either report.
A fourth report into the case found from 73 cases, there was no link between the sedation of the patients and their deaths, nor of bad practice.
A judge later ruled only 15 cases should be considered for trial.
Since the start of the case, 21 doctors or hospital managers have been sacked.
All doctors deny any wrong-doing.
The hearing is due to last until next Monday.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news