Doctors in Cuba's killer health care system sentenced


The director of a psychiatric hospital in Cuba where 26 patients died from hypothermia last year has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Twelve other staff at the hospital in the capital Havana also received sentences of between five and 14 years.

Critics of the government say the deaths exposed failings in Cuba's health system, which the communist authorities hail as a top achievement.

The tribunal said the accused were guilty of neglect.

The patients died of hypothermia and other ailments during a spell of unusually cold weather in January 2010.

While these people may deserve punishment, where was the government oversight? I suspect there was none and the harsh sentences were a way of distracting the people from that fact.


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