Hospital refuses surgery on JW patient - Switzerland
brilliant stand by the hospital, lets hope more follow suit
Update : Lausanne federal court decided in March that hospital had good reasons not to risk that JW died. It was no discrimination to shun and avoid treatment of a JW patient who wanted bloodless therapy in a private clinics and suffered herniation. "Flashed off"
The man wanted to operate in a hospital in Bern because of a gang disc incident. The clinic turned him down because he did not allow him to be treated with blood transfusion if necessary. The person concerned claimed that he felt humiliated and traumatized. He subsequently sued the clinic for discrimination.
The Federal Court has now dismissed the plaintiff. Among other things, the Lausanne judges state in their explanatory statement that a clinic "with good reason" does not want to run the risk of bleeding a patient during the operation. In order to present a clear line and to be able to rule out any appearance of unequal treatment or discrimination, the clinic relies on a generally abstract formulated consent.
So the man has a right to medical treatment and respect for his beliefs. The doctors, however, have a right to rescue their patients in an emergency, according to the Federal Supreme Court. At the same time, the operation of disc herniation was not vital and the man could then be operated on in another clinic. Therefore he was not discriminated.
JWs find this hard to stomach because it shows there are often two sides to an argument.