2013, Number 1
Revista Cubana de Ortopedia y Traumatología 2013; 27 (1)
Artiles GDA, Balmaseda BI, Prieto VAL
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ABSTRACTThe perception of the population about the occurrence of a deficient medical attention to patients from health personnel that works in different health care centres has been an undeniable fact which has echoed even around the massive means of communication. This has motivated us to carry out a work concerning the responsibility that a health professional has in his job in which he will have to answer, occasionally, to the civil and judicial authorities because of lesions present in people in their care. The aim is to consider the causes that can lead to medical error and malpractice, to go into the criminal responsibility of the practitioner providing information on the medico legal attitudes and behaviours which are regulated in most of the acts as an action that the professional should fulfil and makes fulfil, and also to state the consequences and disciplinary measures that can be derived from a professional irresponsibility. For this, we revised the rules violations in the medical arts, found in the records of the preparatory phase of real cases which have been processed by prosecutors and police instructors so that a committee of criminal responsibility delivers an expert report that allows a health professional who is involved in any irresponsibility to appear in court. It is concluded that, the exposure to those criminal acts will preventively contribute to avoid them when the implicated personnel lacks the necessary knowledge on this respect.