Academy of Medicine gives top court a list of doctors to evaluate Chávez
In a letter, Venezuelan physicians argued that the information provided by official spokesmen "lacks the required medical professional accuracy to be reliable, complete, precise and qualified"
In a letter, the Venezuelan physicians argued that the information provided by official spokesmen "lacks the required medical professional accuracy to be reliable, complete, precise and qualified." In their view, such situation has resulted in "anxiety, restlessness and uncertainty in Venezuelan society."
"We are only six days ahead of the end of Hugo Chavez's presidential term and the beginning of a new period. Nobody knows whether he is fully fit to take power and perform his duties. For these reasons and in order to provide the assistance and experience of the institutions we represent, and should it be necessary to enforce the provisions and regulations of Article 233 of the Constitution, which set forth the declaration of the complete absence of the President due to sickness and the appointment of a medical board, we offer the Supreme Tribunal of Justice a list of Venezuelan medical professionals, who are highly qualified experts in the fields related to the complex conditions of the President of the Republic," read the letter.
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.