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Sweden: National Prosecutor Investigates Workplace Environment Crime After Nurse Dies of COVID-19

(May 4, 2020) On April 29, 2020, the Swedish National Prosecutor announced that it is investigating a workplace environment crime (arbetsmiljöbrott) after a nurse working at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm died of COVID-19. The investigation comes following a report by the local safety representative (skyddsombud), who reportedly claimed that the hospital lacked the appropriate […]

Turkey: New Law Imposes Harsher Penalties for Violence Against Health Care Workers

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 15, 2020, Turkey’s Parliament passed Law No. 7243 introducing harsher penalties for certain crimes committed against health care workers and their assistants. (Law No. 7243, art. 28.) Versions of the so-called “violence in health care” law had long been proposed by medical professional organizations and others in reaction to the high […]

Israel: Ministry of Health Issues Guidelines on Use of Cameras in COVID-19 Hospital Units

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 6, 2020, Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) issued the Camera-Corona Directive (CCD), providing guidelines for the use of cameras in hospital units caring for COVID-19 patients. According to the CCD, care for coronavirus patients requires rigorous patient monitoring as the condition of such patients can deteriorate rapidly. Their treatment also […]

Colombia: Law Creating Interoperable Electronic Health Records System Enacted

(Mar. 9, 2020) On January 31, 2020, the Colombian Congress enacted Law 2015, which creates an interoperable electronic medical records system that grants medical professionals online access to relevant clinical data, such as documents and clinical records covering the life course of each person. Under the new Law, health care providers will be required to […]

Italy: Criminal Code Provision Outlawing Assisted Suicide Ruled Unconstitutional

(Jan. 7, 2020) On November 22, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared that application of article 580 of the Penal Code penalizing assisted suicide is unconstitutional in certain circumstances. (Decision No. 242 of November 22, 2019 (the Decision) (in Italian).) Background of the Case The case was referred to the Constitutional Court by the Court of […]