The Protector of Citizens launched a control investigation into the legality and regularity of work of the General Hospital "Dr. Laza K. Lazarevic" in Šabac and the Ministry of Health, after learning from the media that a newborn died at the University Children's Clinic in Tiršova Street in Belgrade on 10 January, after an emergency transport from the maternity ward of the General Hospital "Dr. Laza K. Lazarevic" in Šabac due to breathing problems.
The baby's father expressed his suspicion on social networks that the child's death was due to doctors' negligence, and the media reported the announcement of the Minister of Health that on 16 January 2023, an emergency inspection of the entire case will be conducted. The Šabac hospital indicated that a commission has already been formed that will carry out an internal check of the quality of professional work.
The Protector of Citizens asked the Ministry of Health to inform him of all the facts and circumstances relevant to the adoption of a position on this case within 15 days from the date of receipt of this document, and in particular, to submit the data on the results of the extraordinary inspection of the work of the General Hospital "Dr. Laza K. Lazarevic" in Šabac, which was announced.
It is also necessary for the General Hospital "Dr. Laza K. Lazarevic" in Šabac to submit data on the conducted internal quality control of professional work, no later than 15 days from the date of receipt of this document.
In addition, the Protector of Citizens asked the hospital and the Ministry of Health to inform him how patient satisfaction is monitored and analyzed in the maternity hospital in Šabac, and whether women giving birth have the opportunity to rate their satisfaction with the actions of the medical staff towards them and in what way.