Five doctors sacked in 'mass euthanasia' case
24 August 2006, MADRID — Five senior doctors at a Madrid hospital have been sacked amid allegations up to 400 patients died from involuntary euthanasia, it was reported Thursday.
24 August 2006
MADRID — Five senior doctors at a Madrid hospital have been sacked amid allegations up to 400 patients died from involuntary euthanasia, it was reported Thursday.
The Spanish daily El Pais reported the heads of the radiology, accident and emergency, urology, paediatrics and anaesthetics departments at the Severo Ochoa hospital have been dismissed.
They are alleged to have been involved in giving higher than normal doses of sedatives to up to 400 terminal patients to accelerate their deaths.
But two reports have failed to find conclusive proof of euthanasia.
One report said there were administrative irregularities while another reduced the alleged cases of euthanasia drastically from 400 to 73. This was reduced again to 16.
No criminal cases have been brought.
The case has been surrounded by counter-allegations of a political witch hunt against the doctors.
The regional health authority, run by the conservative opposition Popular Party, has been criticised by the doctors for its management of the hospital.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news