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A year to wait to put a Holter, the device that allows you to monitor your heart rate over a period of 24 hours. There would be nothing unusual in the indications given by the National health service facility in Genoa to Mr George, if he wasn’t of the ripe old age …91! “Who knows where I’ll be in March 2016,” said the retiree, former finance-inspector. “The doctor assured me that it is just an ordinary check-up – he says –but how can do you fix an appointment in one year’s time to a ninety-one year old?” And, showing his fighting spirit of bygone days, he assures: “Now I’ll go straight there where they’ve fixed me the appointment and knock off someone’s loaf”.

Unpleasant, to say the least, the position of Medical head of the National health facility, Asl 3, Luigi Bottaro, who opened an enquiry immediately. “An embarrassing affair,” said Bottari-. I want to understand what happened as soon as possible in order to take the appropriate measures “. The Director promptly demanded from all the competent offices the appropriate data within 48 hours. The case of MrGeorge had been raised by the Regional Councillor of the mixed group party, Raffaella della Bianca,who had pointed her finger at the President of regione Liguria: “These are the results of 10 years of medical malpractice by Burlando: the eldery should very wel hope to keep alive and well within a year of his appointment, before having an electro-cardialgram done”.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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