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Il incombe au médecin de s’enquérir de l’état de santé du malade

Abstract : The author comes back on the judgment of the Court of Cassation which concerned a surgeon accused of involuntary manslaughter involving the patient’s death in postoperative. The author recalls, first of all, the doctor’s obligations “to provide attentive and conscientious care” to the patients based on acquired and current scientific data. The Court of Cassation defined that the doctor has a duty to “inquire about the patient’s condition” and carry out a thorough control of the evolution of the patient’s health. So, in this case, the doctor didn’t follow the patient well enough, and is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. In a second time, the author brings our attention on the assessment of the doctor’s fault in order to be able to incur criminal liability. The result is that the doctor has committed severe negligence that endangered the patient’s life, that these risks could not be ignored by the doctor, and so is constituted a “characterized fault”. At last, the author addresses the “loss of chance of survival” that the judges have raised, but which, however, is not contemplated in French criminal law. The author defined that the Court of Cassation should have censored that motive.
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Mathieu Gautier, Mathilde Guillo, Delphine Jaafar, Ana Zelcevic-Duhamel. Il incombe au médecin de s’enquérir de l’état de santé du malade. Le Journal de droit de la Santé et de l'Assurance Maladie, 2018, 18, pp.102-103. ⟨hal-01770230⟩



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