The trial against the doctors has been ongoing since October 2021 before the District Court of Gdańsk-Północ and concerns the suicide death of 40-year-old Agnieszka B.
In the fall of 2015, the woman was admitted to the psychiatric ward of one of the hospitals in Gdańsk. A few weeks later, she was transferred to the psychiatric ward of the 7th Naval Hospital in Gdańsk, where she was diagnosed with depression. The woman was treated pharmacologically and participated in therapy.
Gdańsk. Death of a patient suffering from depression. Four doctors on trial
At the beginning of February 2016, the patient received another weekend pass and went home. A day later, tragedy struck. A 40-year-old woman threw herself in front of a train in Gdynia. She died on the spot, left her husband and orphaned two children.
After the 40-year-old’s death, her relatives notified the prosecutor’s office about the case. The family claimed that the doctors caring for the patient were negligent in allowing her to leave the hospital, which inadvertently contributed to her death.
An investigation into the negligence of doctors has been ongoing at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk since autumn 2016. The case involved the names of well-known Tricity psychiatrists. In this case, the prosecutor’s office charged the former commandant of the 7th Naval Hospital in Gdańsk, Dariusz Juszczak, as well as Janusz F., Anna W. and Wojciech P.
The first three doctors were accused of unintentionally causing the patient’s death and exposing a person to direct danger of loss of life or serious bodily harm. The fourth medic was accused of falsifying documentation. None of the doctors pleaded guilty.
Now, after two years of the ongoing trial, the Gdańsk-Północ District Court will decide whether the case will go to a military court and start anew there.
Doctors face up to 5 years in prison
The trial against the accused psychiatrists was scheduled for Monday, November 20, but was canceled. This is the result of the decision of the District Court in Gdańsk last week.
In October 2023, the subsidiary prosecutor requested that the case of the four accused psychiatrists be transferred to the competent military court, among others, due to the fact that the acts accused of the hospital commandant, Dariusz Juszczak (he consented to the publication of data – ed.) were committed during his term of office. duties within the military facility – the 7th Naval Hospital in Gdańsk, and Juszczak was an active professional soldier with the rank of commander.
The district court did not agree to this argument and dismissed the application. A complaint in this case was sent to the District Court, which dealt with the case last week in a closed session. Now the case will have to be dealt with again by the district court.
Doctors accused of unintentionally causing the death of a patient face up to 5 years in prison.
Where to look for help in crisis situations?
If you need immediate help, you can contact the Crisis Intervention Centers (OIK), which are located in every major city. You can receive psychological, legal and material help there. Some OIKs are open 24 hours a day and, for example, run overnight shelters. HELP is free! You don’t need to have insurance.
If you have persistent and strong suicidal thoughts, you can also go to any psychiatric hospital. There is also no need for health insurance. In emergency situations (unless you say it is urgent), the doctor must see you on the same day.
Free crisis youth helpline: 116 111 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Adults can use the free crisis helpline 116 123 (open 7 days a week from 14:00 to 22:00).
A list of aid organizations and more information can be found at samobojstwo.pl.
(Source: PAP / Fakt)
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