GGzE must pay for patient’s death

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The GGzE (Eindhoven Mental Health Organisation) must pay a fine of EUR25,000. They are guilty of the death of a 29-year-old patient. This is according to the Public Prosecutor.

According to the judiciary, the GGzE acted carelessly. There is also mention of irresponsible care.

The GGzE prescribed a medication that eventually proved fatal for a patient named as Janneke. Her heart became inflamed, a rare but dangerous side effect of the medication. Although this is stated on the package insert, the medication was administered to Janneke anyway. She died at the end of May 2013.

“Several people made mistakes. Those individual mistakes are insufficient grounds to prosecute the people concerned. But, across the full width of the organisation, mistakes were made. Not only medical, but also caring-giving, supervisory, and due to work pressure”, the Public Prosecutor writes.

Janneke was voluntarily admitted to the GGzE. She suffered from a psychotic disorder and wanted to change her medication because of an increasing number of psychotic episodes.

The Court will hand down it’s ruling on 24 April.


Translated by: Bob

Edited by: Melinda

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