Nurse Charged with Manslaughter

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Nurse Charged with Manslaughter

By Zoë Robert
Landspítali National University Hospital

Landspítali National University Hospital. Photo: Sverrir H. Geirmundsson.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in Iceland has charged Landspítali National University Hospital and a nurse working at the hospital’s intensive care unit with manslaughter due to negligence after a patient in their care died in October 2012, visir.is reports. 

This is the first time that the hospital and a staff member are charged with manslaughter. The hospital said in a statement that the case has had a significant impact on its staff and that Icelandic health care is at a crossroads. 

The nurse is currently on a leave of absence.

The wife of the deceased patient said in an interview with Stöð 2 that she does not think it is right to charge the nurse. 

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