Italian public health doc shows up a month late, patient had died

Italian public health doc shows up a month late, patient had died
24 October 2014

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Lecce, Italy (ANSA) - Public health advocates in the southern Puglia region said Friday that a 75-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer died after public health authorities took a month to schedule him a home visit.

The patient's GP had prescribed an emergency home visit by a geriatric specialist after the old man's condition precipitated suddenly.

But local public health employees rejected the GP's request, telling the patient's wife to file a request for a normal visit instead. A doctor would come within a week, the employees told her. Instead he showed up 33 days later, when the patient had already died.

Source: ANSA.