Reckless Russian doctor kills patient with one punch

January 11, 2016 12:00 pm


CCTV footgage shows the doctor striking the patient and knocking him to the floor. Photo / YouTube

Russian police are investigating the death of a patient after a
hospital doctor was captured on video knocking him to the floor with a
deadly punch.
The shocking video of the attack in the southern
city of Belgorod was aired repeatedly on state television and went viral
on YouTube, while Russian media nicknamed the attacker “the boxer

The incident raised questions over a cover-up culture in state medicine, with investigators only announcing the probe several days later, after security camera footage was released online and shown on television.
In the video, the strongly-built doctor in medical clothing drags the
bare-chested male patient from the examination table, asking him “why
did you touch the nurse?” and pushes him out of the doorway.

When the patient returns, the doctor deals him a single blow
to the face and a crash can be heard as the middle-aged man falls
backwards onto the floor.
Meanwhile the doctor continues to
scuffle with another man accompanying the patient, and it is only
minutes later that the medics notice the patient lying motionless and
attempt unsuccessfully to revive him.
Belgorod’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that the incident took place on December 29.
The doctor hit the patient in the face after he “kicked a nurse during a procedure,” the investigators said.
cause of death of the victim was trauma to the skull and brain from
hitting the back of the head on the hard surface of the floor.”
Russian media named the doctor as Ilya Zelendinov, a surgeon at the hospital, and the patient as 56-year-old Yevgeny Bakhtin.
said the doctor was suspected of causing death through negligence, for
which he could serve up to two years in jail.
He has been fired from his job but remains free after signing a declaration that he will not travel during the investigation.
denied any delay, saying they opened a criminal probe the day after the
incident, after the hospital reported the death and a post-mortem
showed a head injury.
The relatively minor charge reflects the
fact there is “no grounds to say that the doctor wanted to murder the
patient,” investigators said.
“If the victim had stayed on his feet or hit his head on a less hard surface, the consequences would not have been so critical.”
Minister Veronika Skvortsova has ordered the state health watchdog to
carry out a check into the incident, state television reported.
medics have long operated in a culture of secrecy, with patients having
little recourse to compensation for medical errors.
Last year
two Russians resorted to taking guns to hospitals and shooting dead
doctors for perceived mistakes in their treatment. Both killed
themselves at the scene.

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