The investigation, launched by crime officers on the basis of documents released to the public in May last year, is focused on the death of a patient admitted at the clinic in November 2014. A few days later he died due to an alleged error in the resuscitation procedure.
The investigation was launched after correspondence between convicted doctor Ivan Radan and his colleagues was made public. Among other things the documents reveal that one of the doctors switched off a patient's life support machine and let the patient suffocate. Findings presented by the police today point to a carelessly carried out resuscitation procedure in the case of the patient admitted at the Department of Neurology in November 2014.
Bojana Žvan, who was discharged as head of the department at the Ljubljana University Medical Centre because of the Radan case, says that while in charge of the neurology clinic she was never informed about the grave irregularities that were committed, such as the switching off of the life support machine.
"It's a general rule in Slovenia to cover up all deviations. Even in this case it was all covered up and I was not notified about it. And if something is hermetically sealed within a closed circle of people, you don't find out about it. Or you do, like in the case of Radan, when certain anomalies come to the surface," said Žvan.
Unofficially the doctors that have been charged have been employed at the neurology clinic for a longer period of time. During her mandate Bojana Žvan had already filed proposals for the two doctors to receive an official warning before dismissal.
Meanwhile the trial against Radan continues. Witnesses, including medical and health staff from the Department of Neurology, were cross-examined today. Once again the process shed light on the chaotic conditions at the Department of Neurology.
L. M. (Ra Slo); translated by K. J.