Cyprus Mail

Doctors investigated for negligence in girl’s death

The Makarios children's hospital in Nicosia

Three doctors are being investigated for medical negligence in relation to the death of a 15-year-old girl last March at the Makarios hospital.

Media reported on Saturday that Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela has asked the Public Service Commission to consider suspending the three doctors pending the investigation into the minor’s death.

The health professionals can file an appeal until Monday.

Investigations started after the family of Ioanna Skordi lodged a complaint to the police. A preliminary investigation showed that there is possible medical negligence. The file was transferred to the legal service.

Police spokesman Christos Andreou said investigations are at a very early stage.

The 15-year-old underwent surgery for a kidney transplant in early March when doctors found she had tumours. She died a few days after on March 4.

Reports suggested the girl’s parents had asked for her to be transferred to Israel, however local doctors said this was unnecessary. After, when health ministry senior official Christina Yiannaki was informed about the case, a doctor from Israel was contacted to come to Cyprus.

However, the girl died before she was examined by the Israeli doctor.



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