Almost a year has passed since the death of 30-year-old Izabela, a pregnant patient of a hospital in Pszczyna. On Tuesday, the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice charged with manslaughter of one of the doctors of the facility.
As TVN24 reporter Jerzy Korczyński learned, one of the doctors of the district hospital in Pszczyna was charged with manslaughter of 30-year-old Izabela, a pregnant patient of the aforementioned hospital in Pszczyna. The investigation is being conducted by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice.
30-year-old Izabela came to this clinic in the 22nd week of pregnancy due to the loss of amniotic fluid. Throughout the day, she sent messages to her mother, signaling that she was getting worse and worse. She suspected he had sepsis. Doctors did not perform an abortion while waiting for the fetus to die on its own.
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The patient died on September 22, 2021. She orphaned a few-year-old daughter.
The news of the death of a 30-year-old patient from a hospital in Pszczyna sparked a wave of protests in the country and abroad. The demonstrations were held under the slogan “Not one more”.
On December 1, 2021, the president of the National Health Fund, Filip Nowak, announced that the inspection confirmed numerous irregularities in the organization, manner of implementation and the quality of services provided to the patient, therefore the hospital was fined almost PLN 650,000.
The hospital issued a statement after the inspection results were announced.
“So far, the public perception of our work has been very good. We mark it with full awareness and humbly accepting the difficult atmosphere around the tragic situation that took place. Treating the patient’s death with the utmost respect and seriousness, we would like to emphasize once again, that the control of the National Health Fund concerned the treatment of one person for a period of about 24 hours. Thus, the control covered 0.014% of all hospitalizations – with about 7,000 hospitalizations per year, and a contractual penalty was imposed on the medical entity in the amount of 2% of the value of the annual contract, which may definitely affect the condition hospital so important for the inhabitants of the region. The penalty imposed in the post-inspection statement was also indicated without explaining the methodology of its calculation. The hospital, as indicated above, in accordance with the procedure provided for, has the possibility to appeal against the penalty to the court and will take such steps “- wrote in the statement.
Earlier, the management of the hospital assured that its staff did everything to save the patient and her child, and all medical decisions were made in accordance with the applicable Polish law and standards of conduct. Then he suspended the performance of the contracts of two doctors who were on duty during the woman’s stay in the hospital.