Healthcare Professionals at Hospital del Henares, Madrid.

Healthcare Professionals at Hospital del Henares, Madrid.

20-04-2020EFE

The General Nursing Council, or CGE has filed a complaint with the Supreme Court against the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Health Minister, Salvador Illa, for a crime against the safety of workers in critical health due to coronavirus.

The CGE said in a statement on Thursday that the complaint is in addition to other, different criminal proceedings filed by several Autonomous Councils and Provincial Schools of Nursing throughout Spain against the management of the different provincial and Autonomous Health Authorities.

Their judicial action originated from an agreement adopted weeks ago by the Executive Commission of the General Council of Nursing, because of the lack of safety equipment for Healthcare Professionals which resulted in wave of infections and deaths.

"We are nurses and the only thing that motivates us is the health of all Healthcare Professionals, the safety of our patients and of citizens in general, who are above ideologies or political parties," said CGE President, Florentino Pérez Raya in a statement.

The complaint also cites the Director of the Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts & Emergencies, Fernando Simón and others for a crime against the safety of workers and serious negligence resulting in injury or death.

Article 316 of the Penal Code states that:

"Those who, in violation of the rules for the prevention of occupational hazards and being legally bound, do not provide the necessary means for workers to carry out their activity with adequate safety and hygiene measures, in such a way that they seriously endanger his life, health or physical integrity,” can face penalties of between six months and three years in jail, plus a fine.

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Dule / Hace about 1 year

Mark, I completely agree with you and I also hope that this will be the downfall of this government. I just wanted to point out that there is much more people responsible for this outcome. And if we dont want to be in this type of situation again, they should all be held accountable. Best regards.

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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

Dule, this is a little too simple. Sounds a bit like "I was only following orders". They let emergency, hospital and IC staff work, knowing the lack of protective aids. If I do that with my staff, I get a huge fine. But, the health workers were literally playing with their lives. And it is now fact, that many health workers have sadly died as a direct result of this, due to lack of protection and over exposure to the corona virus. So yes, I hope they sew the crap out of Sanchez and Illa and it will end this hopeless government. It was only 2 days ago Ultima Hora published a list of countries (read governments) of how they dealt with the corona crisis. Guess who was worst and last: Spain.

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Dule / Hace about 1 year

Even though I do believe that the Prime minister is partially responsible for this situation, and that he should be held accountable, we must not forget that he was just following instructions from the WHO, same as the people in Italy and all over the world.

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