MOSCOW, March 1 – RIA Novosti. The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill exempting doctors from criminal liability for the loss of medical drugs by negligence, the document was published on Monday in the electronic database of the lower house of parliament.
It is proposed to amend Article 228.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
The draft provides for the addition of the article “Violation of the rules for the circulation of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances” with a note stipulating that its norms “do not apply to cases of violation of the rules for the circulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, committed by negligence in the implementation of medical activities, if their loss did not cause harm to protected criminal law interests, subject to the commission fixing the fact of loss in the manner established by the Ministry of Health of Russia in agreement with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. “
The explanatory note says that the project was prepared in pursuance of the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin following his meeting with representatives of the public in Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad Region on October 31, 2019, and is aimed at “humanizing the criminal legislation in relation to persons who violated the rules of drug trafficking in the course of medical activities. drugs and psychotropic substances, which inadvertently entailed their loss. “
The explanatory note provides data according to which, from 2016 to June 2019, 79 criminal cases were initiated under Article 228.2 of the Criminal Code, of which 29 were against medical workers, of which five were terminated at the stage of investigation, and 15 were sent to court.
The project documents note that the amendment “is in line with the recommendations of the International Narcotics Control Board, which recognizes that one of the reasons for limiting the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical purposes is the existence of legal sanctions for unintentional errors in the handling of opioid analgesics.”
“The introduction of the proposed change does not exclude disciplinary and (or) financial liability for the loss of entrusted narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances,” the explanatory note also says.