A neurosurgeon at the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC) is being investigated for suspected medical malpractice, for carrying out practices considered inappropriate that caused the death of several patients, including two in January, advance this Tuesday the Diário de Notícias. The doctor is 62 years old and is the head of the team specializing in brain tumors and of the approximately ten anesthetists – only three of the oldest in the service continue to be available to support their surgeries.
At issue may be crimes of negligent homicide. The complaint addressed to the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), Lucília Gago, and to the national director of the Judicial Police (PJ), Luís Neves, was lodged by hospital professionals and other doctors who accompany him, who were unable to remain indifferent.
The alleged malpractice has been the subject of complaints exposed in writing and handed over to hospital staff since at least 2018, according to the complaint being investigated. CHUC's board of directors, however, stated that it was not officially aware of the existence of the situation described.
According to the doctors and nurses of the neurosurgery service, in statements to the DN, a set of photographs and reports are already prepared that prove the doctor's bad practices, such as “pulling the tumor attached to the brain stem”, which will have caused the death of the explains one of the sources.