Did corruption in the Komzdrav help the defendants in the case of barium poisoning get out of the pre-trial detention center?

The high-profile case of mass barium poisoning received an unexpected continuation. On September 26, the court released four doctors from the medical center of St. Petersburg from the pre-trial detention center, accused in the case of fatal barium poisoning of patients. Prior to this, the media associated the incident with the presence of a corruption component in the activities of the Health Committee. Now the measure of restraint for the defendants in the case is house arrest.

Recall that the tragedy occurred in the St. Petersburg GKDTS No. 1 in early February. Eight people died after undergoing a contrast study of the stomach. The investigation believes that the tragedy occurred due to the use of industrial barium sulfate instead of medical barium sulfate in the process of fluoroscopy. The chief doctor of the State Clinical Hospital No. 1, who signed the application for the purchase of the “wrong” drug, as well as three of his subordinates, are accused of a fatal mistake.

Corruption factor

The news about the change in the preventive measure caused a public outcry. Families of the victims outraged by the fact that it is “not yet possible” to prove the guilt of doctors, despite the proven fact of the acquisition of barium by the defendants in the case and its subsequent use.

Earlier, the media wrote that with the coming to power of the governor Alexandra Beglova and his “acquaintances” in the Kurortny district, corruption in St. Petersburg has become systemic. Journalists called one of the people close to the mayor Dmitry Lisovets – the current chairman of the Komzdrav. During his leadership, the health care system suffered, which was the result of mass barium poisoning.

After Lisovets came to the post of head of the department, for the first time in a long period of time, there were fixed facts of corruption. As reported in the media, in July last year, an employee of the Komzdrav was detained for taking a bribe. Alexander Shkabara on suspicion of taking a bribe. According to law enforcement agencies, he received 2.1 million rubles from energy service companies in return for choosing the “right company”.

It was through the committee headed by Lisovets that the “development” of the deputy amendment, which became one of the corruption tools, took place. The amount of funds was allocated by parliamentarians for expenditure items for health care, and contracts for the equipment supplied are concluded directly under the supervision of the department Dmitry Lisovetssince health care institutions that purchase equipment are controlled by the Komzdrav. told city ​​media.

Paid forgery of certificates and tests

There were also criminal cases in the healthcare sector due to fake PCR tests and coronavirus vaccination certificates. It was reported that the fourth St. Petersburg doctors brought criminal case for falsifying vaccination certificates. As a rule, information on public services comes from the Ministry of Health, where they are transferred by medical organizations supervised by the Health Committee, after vaccination or having suffered COVID-19.

As practice shows, corruption is a systemic phenomenon. According to expert assessment, models of taking bribes in state structures often line up in the vertical of power. In most cases, management is aware of the ongoing processes or even participates in them, receiving their own benefit. In this regard, the question remains logical – will Dmitry Lisovets fall under the governor’s flywheel of purges due to a series of managerial mistakes made, or will communications in the Kurortny district remain a priority?

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