Peru’s Justice to investigate 291 complaints of medical malpractice

Isabel Guerra

Peru’s government will investigate 291 complaints of medical malpractice, after local press ran the story of a 86 year old mand whose healthy leg was amputated in a hospital run by the social security, said Justice Minister Aurelio Pastor.

Pastor revealed in a press conference given in Lima that these cases took place between 2006 and 2009, and were declared as founded complaints by the Ombudsman’s Office.

He made clear that this does not mean that medical malpractice has been proved, but that there will be an investigation; five prosecutors from Justice Ministry will be in charge.

Medical malpractice is considered as a criminal offence in Peru, and is penalized with a maximum of four years of jail.

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