Ruling brings relief for "euthanasia" hospital

29th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

A Madrid court on Monday confirmed an earlier ruling exonerating doctors at Severo Ochoa Hospital from accusations of undercover euthanasia.

29 January 2008

MADRID - A Madrid court on Monday confirmed an earlier ruling exonerating doctors at Severo Ochoa Hospital from accusations of undercover euthanasia related to 400 patient deaths there. The new sentence also states that any reference to bad practices on the medics' part must be struck from the record.

The decision closes a case that began in March 2005, when the regional health chief at the time, Manuel Lamela, of the conservative Popular Party, heeded an anonymous informer warning of 400 "homicides" in the Madrid hospital's emergency ward. Lamela swiftly removed Luis Montes, the head doctor, and ordered an investigation into the sedation of terminally ill patients. Although in June 2007 a court found cases of "bad practices," it said there was no evidence of a link between the sedations and the deaths.

"The time has come for reparation," said Montes, adding that he and the other doctors accused of killing patients will sue their accusers for damages.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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