Today, in the Emergency Children’s Surgery and Traumatology Research Institute, Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin met with victims of shooting in Kerch Technical College on October 17, 2018. Leonid Roshal clinic provides required treatment and rehabilitation for students with various injuries from the tragedy.
Director of the Research Institute Valery Mitish showed the Chairman of the Investigative Committee the wards of the injured students. Alexander Bastrykin asked about their state of health and expressed his confidence that the high-class specialists were doing their utmost to treat and make every patient better. Students and their parents told the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia that all issues concerning day-to-day activities, as well as their treatment and rehabilitation, were settled as quickly as possible. The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia wished the students to stay strong and patient and to recover soon.
Moreover, on the same day, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia visited the President of the Research Institute and of the National Medical Chamber Leonid Roshal, who is currently receiving medical treatment, and discussed with him further treatment of the victims and possible measures that might be required for their full medical and psychological rehabilitation.
During the conversation, Leonid Roshal expressed his concerns about negative information spreading in mass media and social networks about allegedly improper actions of doctors that is often not proven by investigation. He thinks that mass media often take official reports of the Investigative Committee of Russia about preliminary investigations and launched probes as proven cases of malpractice. The doctor noted that nobody ever can call someone a criminal before a court sentence comes into force. In his turn, Alexander Bastrykin noted, “Investigators take each probe very seriously, they understand that doctors take risks and assume their responsibility when they try to use a chance they sometimes don’t have.” The Chairman agreed that it was necessary to apply balanced approach to coverage of the results of work of medical staff.
The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia and Leonid Roshal once again confirmed that it was necessary to continue joint development of suggestions on improving existing legislation. In particular, Leonid Roshal focused on forms of punishment for medical workers alternative to deprivation of freedom. The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia expressed his conviction in the need to continue and accelerate the joint work on suggestions on legislation improvement. “Only the joint effort and meaningful dialogue will secure interests of doctors, investigators and, of course, citizens,” the Chairman of the Investigative Committee concluded.