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.

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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Roman Dawydiak July 20, 2012, 4:15 p.m.    

At the onset of their treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko the German medical team clearly stated that the entire process could take a year or more. The Ukrainian Health Ministry has a very short memory.

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cedrik July 21, 2012, 5:14 p.m.    

The original German medical team's report has not been released by Mrs T. It's the second team that seems to be the fly in the ointment. Doctor shopping? It's possible. I don't remember any time frame from the good Doktor Lutz, and therein is the problem.
And I couldn't help but notice a neat little article on the news at noon today. We just caught the tail end of it, but seems Mrs T will be either on closed circuit TV for her trial resuming Monday or, if she is persuaded to return to the court room, her little glass palace in the room will be remotely controlled. Any way you look at it, her long diatribes of the last trial will be history. IOW they can and will cut her off if she refuses to answer a question and instead goes in to another political rant.

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Roman Dawydiak July 22, 2012, 4:36 p.m.    

It would appear that you remember only what you want to remember or you are not paying attention to the various posts that have addressed this issue. The German medical team that is treating Yulia Tymoshenko specifically stated to the International and the Local Ukrainian Press Corps that her treatment could last a year or more depending on her recovery period. The fact that she was not provided with proper care in the first place has complicated the said recovery period (Note: It is a medically proven fact that delays in various types of injuries ie. heart attacks, strokes, spinal complications, etc. can prolong hospital stays for a considerable period of time). By the way, who is "we"? You and Mr. D, or is it Carl?

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Roman Dawydiak July 22, 2012, 4:49 p.m.    

Note of correction: "It is a medically proven fact that delays in the immediate treatment of various types of injuries..."

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cedrik July 22, 2012, 9:36 p.m.    

Link please on the statements. And 'we' refers to me, my wife, and our 9 children, my little 'western Ukrainian' friend. Again, don't push your luck.

As for her 'problem', seems she was not under any medical treatment and had no problems until she was locked up for contempt of court. If she had pulled the antics she pulled here in a US, Canadian (Your home?) or EU court, she would have been locked up the first day of the pretrial deal.

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Roman Dawydiak July 23, 2012, 11:20 a.m.    

It must be difficult to engage in a credible debate supporting a corrupt sovok regime filled with gangsters and trying to avoid contradictions, deliberate omissions and/or outright lies. In any true democracy people are not tried twice or more times for the same alleged crime as in the case with Yulia Tymoshenko. While it is correct to assume that there is no judge who would tolerate crass insubordination in their courtroom without handing out stiff penalties, it is also correct to assume that when a judge engages in lawlessness in their own courtroom they should hardly expect respect from a defendant. As for her medical condition one can only speculate how it came to be. What is certain is that Tymoshenko's German medical team and the Health Ministry have both concurred that a serious condition exists. The only question remaining is the timing for rehabilitation and the political consequences arising from her treatment. This is not likely to end any time soon regardless of any decision made by Yanukovych's Health Ministry.

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