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Health Ministry not ruling out political aspect in behavior of Tymoshenko's German doctors

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July 20, 2012, 12:53 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Health Ministry of Ukraine has said it is concerned about the lengthy treatment of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko in Kharkiv hospital, and does not rule out that the behavior of both the patient and her German doctors is politically motivated.
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The Health Ministry of Ukraine has said it is concerned about the lengthy treatment of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko in Kharkiv hospital, and does not rule out that the behavior of both the patient and her German doctors is politically motivated.

"Ukrainian doctors do not rule out political reasons behind the situation [around Tymoshenko's treatment], apart from purely medical ones. In particular, they note the behavior of the patient, who continues to complain about the lack of relief, and that of German physicians who, for reasons unknown to Ukrainian doctors, do not want to draw conclusions about Tymoshenko's state of health and the period of her further presence in Central Clinical Hospital No. 5, which was chosen for Tymoshenko by the German doctors," reads a statement, published on the Web site of the Health Ministry on Friday.

The Health Ministry is concerned by the fact that the rehabilitation of Tymoshenko in hospital has lasted for almost three months now.

"Such a long period of treatment is unacceptable in international medical practice and is not characteristic for the treatment of such a common disease as that which was diagnosed in the patient. In addition, it is possible that this may lead to negative consequences for the patient," the ministry said.

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