Doctors guilty of negligence

Three hospital doctors were convicted of criminal negligence yesterday in the death of a young British tourist three years ago on the holiday island of Rhodes, in a decision that drew the ire of the local medical association. Stergios Pavlidis, Georgios Karavolias and Michail Sokorelos were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each in connection with the death of Christopher Rochester, 24, who was left to bleed to death in Rhodes Hospital where he was taken with severe injuries after falling 12 meters from the balcony of his hotel room in the seaside resort of Faliraki. All three doctors appealed and were freed pending the hearing of their appeals. Two nurses who had been charged along with the doctors were acquitted. The Rhodes court found that Pavlidis had failed to assess the severity of Rochester’s condition, while his two senior colleagues who should have been on duty at the time – and could have saved the tourist – were not at their posts. The Rhodes Medical Association claimed the three doctors had been treated as «sacrificial victims.»

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