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La responsabilité d'un professionnel de santé ne peut être engagée lorsque le décès est dû essentiellement à l'état général de santé de la personne

Abstract : Criminal liability of health professionals can’t be attached when the death of an elderly person is the principal consequence of his very weakened state of health. Failure to comply with the obligation to provide attentive and conscientious care, provided for in article 1110-5 of the Public Health Code, may give rise to various criminal offences, such as manslaughter and failure to assist a person in danger. Assuming that breaches could have been demonstrated, it would have been necessary, in accordance with the principle of legality, to establish a certain causal link between them and the death, and then, to retain the appropriate criminal qualification, which is not always easy. In this case, such failures could not be attributed to the physician, as the death was attributed to the patient's medical history and age. As a result, the health professional could not be referred to a trial court.
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Ana Zelcevic-Duhamel. La responsabilité d'un professionnel de santé ne peut être engagée lorsque le décès est dû essentiellement à l'état général de santé de la personne. Journal de Droit de la Santé et de l’Assurance Maladie, 2018. ⟨hal-01765299⟩

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