Rural GP fined for nearby death

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A GP has been found guilty of negligence for failing to treat a 79-year-old man who died of a heart-attack 700 metres from the doctor’s surgery.

Although the doctor, who worked in the inland village of Ardales, was called by locals and by a 061 emergency services coordinator to attend an unconscious man on the street, he refused to do so claiming he had to attend to his patients although the surgery was empty.

A Malaga Provincial Court has ordered the GP to pay €100,000 in damages to the deceased’s relatives along with a €1,350 fine and has banned him from the profession for six months.

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The court report stated that the doctor only went to the scene 45 minutes after the initial cry for help when the deceased’s son arrived at the surgery, by which time all he could do was certify the death.

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