The doctor-patient relationship has been influenced by a growing attention to the patient’s protection and to a general tendency to resort to judicial proceedings.
The threatened therapeutic alliance often makes it difficult to balance the fundamental right of the patient to receive treatment and that of the doctors to freely and consciously carry out their mandate. Hence the growing trend of defensive medicine and the widespread demand for protection addressed to criminal law. The involvement of the health care worker in a criminal proceeding represents a challenging test both professionally and personally regardless of its outcome. In consideration of this our professional engagement ensures the maximum protection of the client but at the same time it remains proudly distant from a purely speculative approach.