Estonian doctor charged with negligent homicide after misdiagnosed patient dies

Doctor's office. Photo is illustrative. (Tairo Lutter/Postimees/Scanpix)
10/4/2016 2:46 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

The Viru District Prosecutor's Office lodged an indictment of negligent homicide against a doctor whose patient, brought to the hospital in serious condition, died following a misdiagnosis in November 2012.

According to the statement of charges, the 39-year-old doctor, identified only by his first name as Igor, misdiagnosed a 42-year-old man brought to the hospital of the industrial Northeastern Estonian city of Kohtla-Järve in serious condition on Nov. 24, 2012. Instead of hospitalizing the patient and placing him under medical supervision, the doctor discharged him from the hospital.

The patient died as as a result of his condition the following day.

The regional district prosecutor's office has charged the doctor with negligent homicide, to which the doctor plead not guilty when he first appeared before the court on Tuesday.

Under Estonian law, negligent homicide is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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