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Ukraine sets precedent by allowing foreign physicians to check up Timoshenko

February 16, 2012, 21:10 UTC+3

A total of two German and three Canadian physicians came to Ukraine

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KIEV, February 16 (Itar-Tass) – Ukraine has set up a precedent in the world’s contemporary history, as it allowed the former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, now serving a jail term, to get a medical examination by foreign physicians –something that is generally inaccessible for other convicts, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“A noteworthy fact in this connection is that our Germany counterparts treated the issue with an especial sense of responsibility, as they delegated acclaimed specialist with doctorate degrees to the commission,” the press service said.

“The Ukrainian Healthcare Ministry also delegated the specialists of top qualification,” it said. “In contrast to this, the Canadian part of the commission was formed at the initiative of the Ukrainian ethnic community in Canada and it consisted of two family doctors and a gynecologist as a result.”

The Foreign Ministry hopes the difference in the qualification of specialists will not pose problems for defining Timoshenko’s illness and offering an optimal course of treatment.

A total of two German and three Canadian physicians came to Ukraine to take part in a check-up of the former Prime Minister, who is serving a term at a corrective institution for women in the northeast city of Kharkov.

The commission that examined her also included leading Ukrainian physicians. Their conclusions are kept confidential.

Timoshenko’s political associates claim that her health has deteriorated sharply since August 2011 when she was taken to custody. They claim spinal problems do not allow her to walk without assistance.


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