A state lawmaker introduced a bill that, if enacted, would modify the Penal Code in cases of medical malpractice and negligence.

Assemblyman Ramon Vazquez proposed to increase the penalties from three months to two years and include owners and managers of hospitals, clinics, and any other medical facility.

According to the lawmaker the bill seeks to penalize those who impede patients from being released from medical facilities, keep a newborn or delay or deny turning a corpse.

Vazquez said although most of the healthcare community has acted with a treatment with dignity in some cases service has been painful and traumatic for patients and their relatives.

The bill would also penalize those who abandon injured patients without justification, practice surgeries without proper documentation or unnecessary, deny service to injured people and falsely certify an illness to avoid liability. The bill was turned to the Commission of Justice.

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