ECHR Sentürk v. Turkey: right to life and death of a pregnant woman deprived of medical assistance for lack of economic resources – derecho a la vida y muerte de una mujer embarazada que fue privada de asistencia médica por carecer de recursos económicos

UnknownSentürk v. Turkey, application no. 13423/09 (English press release)

Keywords: right to life and death of a pregnant woman deprived of medical assistance for lack of economic resources – derecho a la vida y muerte de una mujer embarazada que fue privada de asistencia médica por carecer de recursos económicos

The judgment, which is non final, deals with the lack of medical assistance for a pregnant woman requiring emergency treatment. bThe European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the death of a pregnant woman following a series of misjudgments by medical staff at different hospitals and the subsequent failure to provide her with emergency medical treatment when her condition was known to be critical because she could not pay a deposit to cover the costs of her hospital admission and the surgery. The Court held that the deceased had been the victim of blatant shortcomings on the part of the hospital authorities and had been denied the possibility of access to appropriate emergency treatment. It reiterated that failure by a State to comply with its duty to protect a person’s physical well-being amounted to a breach of the substantive aspect of Article 2 of the Convention (right to life) (taken from the official press release).

Comment: the Spanish lawmaker and health system should be aware to prevent a similar situation to happen in our Country despite the shortcomings derived from the current economic crisis.

La sentencia, que no es firme, considera que se ha producido una violación del art. 2 del Convenio Europeo de Derechos Humanos (derecho a la vida) por una serie de negligencias médicas que culminaron en la muerte de una mujer embarazada por la negativa a prestarle asistencia cuando ya se tenía constancia de que el niño había muerto y era necesaria una intervención quirúrgica. La operación no se realizó porque la mujer no pudo aportar el depósito necesario para cubrir los costes.

Comentario: el legislador y el sistema sanitario español han de tener cautela para que la crisis económica no de lugar a situaciones similares en España.

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