Medical treatment errors: Greens want hardship funds for victims

Hospital corridor, about dts
Hospital corridor, about dts

The Greens want to enforce evidence relief and a hardship fund for victims of medical treatment errors. "Patients who have suffered serious damage, but the cause of which cannot be clearly determined, find it particularly difficult to enforce their rights to compensation and support," says an application from the Greens parliamentary group, about which the newspapers of the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" (Wednesday editions) report. Due to "considerable hurdles", claims could "only be made with difficulty", the request goes on to say.

At present, in order to enforce claims for damages, it must first be proven that there was a treatment error. After that, it must be clearly demonstrated that this error is responsible for the damage that has occurred. In practice, however, this proof is extremely difficult to provide. The Greens are therefore calling for easier evidence for patients. "Such a relief would greatly strengthen the patient side in enforcing their rights in court," the request said. The Greens are also calling for a hardship fund based on the example of the patient compensation fund in Austria. The purpose of this fund is to compensate patients if it cannot be clearly established by law whether a specific treatment error was the cause of a health problem. "These cases have so far been covered by the grid of liability law", says the request of the Greens in the Bundestag, about which the newspapers of the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" report. The fund should provide quick and unbureaucratic help for people in an existentially and emotionally very difficult situation. In order to avoid treatment errors, the Greens also plead for a duty to report serious treatment errors that, according to human judgment, should never have happened, such as patient or side confusion or surgical equipment forgotten in the body. ()