Doctor accused of neglect over baby's death
28 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The public prosecution demanded in the Utrecht Court on Wednesday a four-month suspended jail term against a city doctor for her involvement in the death of a 16-day-old baby in 2002.
28 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — The public prosecution demanded in the Utrecht Court on Wednesday a four-month suspended jail term against a city doctor for her involvement in the death of a 16-day-old baby in 2002.
The 42-year-old defendant, B. A., is accused of giving inadequate healthcare to the baby after the Afghan parents took their sick daughter to the on-call family doctor post of the Overvecht hospital on the night of 7 March 2002.
But A. is accused of referring them to the Utrecht Medical Centre (UMC) without diagnosing the child or arranging an ambulance. Instead, the parents — who did not have much knowledge of the Dutch language — were left to find the hospital on their own.
The baby died several minutes before her parents arrived at the UMC — on the Utrecht University site De Uithof. It took them an hour to find the UMC after being referred to the hospital by the defendant, news agency nu.nl reported.
An autopsy indicated the baby had been born with a heart problem. Medical experts claim that A. should have given a diagnosis. She should also have arranged an ambulance for the family, they said.
But the doctor claims she had no time to make a diagnosis and suspected the baby was suffering from an infection.
Furthermore, she did not consider the baby's condition life threatening and so decided against calling an ambulance. Her defence lawyer has called for an acquittal and is resisting demands for the defendant to pay EUR 5,000 in damages.
The ruling will be handed down on 11 August.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news