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Penal authorities promise more tests for Yury Lutsenko, not hospital care

07.09.2011    source:
During examinations in May, the results of which were only made public last week, and on 30 August, doctors considered that the former Minister of Internal Affairs required specialized hospital care. Instead he continues to be held in a detention centre without the appropriate specialists or equipment with more examinations prescribed

The Penitentiary Service asserts that additional examination of the former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko is needed “in order to clarify the diagnosis”.  It states that on 6 September with the consent of the Pechersky District Court  in Kyiv a commission made up of leading specialists from the Health Ministry, including the doctors who carried out the previous examinations in May and August, arrived at the SIZO [detention centre] where Lutsenko has been held since December 2010.

“As a result of their inspection, the commission issued an opinion stating that further examination (including laboratory tests) of Lutsenko was needed to establish a diagnosis and this will be carried out in shortly. The act was signed by all members of the medical commission.”  It also stated that Lutsenko had made no complaints against the staff of the Kyiv SIZO or the members of the commission.

As reported here, the diagnosis from the examination on 30 August was cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver with portal hypertension and digestive tract varicose veins.

Yury Lutsenko’s family and lawyers stated at this time that they had only just been shown the doctors’ recommendations following the examination in May.  Both in May, due to an ulcer condition and in August, hospital care was deemed necessary.  This was simply never revealed to Mr Lutsenko and his family in May, and as can be seen, a week after a potentially very serious diagnosis, no specialized treatment has been forthcoming, only more tests.

During that week, both the Public Committee against Political Persecution add the Human Rights Ombudsperson issued public statements stressing the need for the former Minister of Internal Affairs to be provided with proper specialized medical care.

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