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Decrees to combat violence against women affects medical confidentiality in Colombia

Government decree stipulates the responsibility of doctors to denounce domestic violence, which was not well received by the class

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During presentation of the package of decrees, the Minister of Health of Colombia, Beatriz Londoño, referred to the responsibility of doctors as
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During presentation of the package of decrees, the Minister of Health of Colombia, Beatriz Londoño, referred to the responsibility of doctors as "whistleblowers" of each case of domestic violence

The Colombian doctors revealed the alarming figures of violence against women in her country, and also showed more concern about the possibility of its obligations within the new government policy against this problem, come into conflict with professional confidentiality.

The nightmare, as described Efe President of the Colombian Association of Scientific Societies, Rodrigo Córdoba, began last week when the Government presented a package of decrees to prevent any violence against women in all situations.

On occasion, the Minister of Health of Colombia, Beatriz Londoño, referred to the responsibility of doctors as "whistleblowers" of each case of domestic violence, which was not well received by this association.

"We refuse categorically to play the role of the police to report the crime and take an active part of the judicial process, as this would conflict with our ethical principles," he said Cordoba, who supports "with deep enthusiasm" every initiative to end with violence.

In Córdoba, within the organization representing Colombian psychiatrists, if a doctor present all diagnostic data to the judicial system, immediately violate professional secrecy, which would not give any guarantee to the victim.

This relationship of trust with the doctor is essential, since the great problem of violence against women continues to be the lack of diagnosis. "Many women stay home and do not seek a hospital," which, according to the psychiatrist, becomes inconceivable undermine confidentiality.

Cordoba is waiting for the government to define the role of health professionals is to "police" or simply to record cases of abuse without adding details, which will be established on February 20, as promised high counselor for Equality Women, Cristina Plazas.

The decrees signed by the Government also predict that the abused woman can not withdraw the complaint by coercion or repentance and give to any person other than the victim, the possibility of filing a petition for protection feature.

For nearly 50 years, Colombia has focused its efforts on combating the armed conflict in which women have been attacked by all those involved in violent acts.

According to a report released last year by the organization Oxfam Intermón between 2001 and 2009, 489,687 women were victims of various types of sexual violence, of which 29% were committed by guerrillas, paramilitaries and police officers.

However, according to Cordova, 90% of women treated in hospitals as victims of Colombians arrive daily violence in a country where, according to a UN report in 2010, 50% of men admitted to having ever abused his wife.

In 2010, the 57,875 victims of maltreatment recorded in Upper Presidential Secretariat for Women's Equality, 51,182 were females, a trend that historically remains constant.

The age range in which there is more victims ranging from 25 to 29 years, when they begin to live with your spouse and relations of dominance in male-dominated cultures are consolidated

Source: EFE
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