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Good Samaritan Clause

Kamila Mrozek1, Adam Praclawski1
DOI: 10.5603/GP.a2020.0188
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Pubmed: 33751519
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Ginekol Pol 2021;92(3):216-219.
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  1. Department of Executive Penal Law, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, University of Wroclaw, Poland

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Abstract

This paper is entirely devoted to a new legal instrument called the “Good Samaritan Clause”. Its legal recognition constitutes
the legislator’s response to the concerns raised by the medical community, in view of the unique situation in the country,
but also in the world, relating to the prevention, counteraction and suppression of COVID-19. The assumption is that this
instrument is to constitute a countertype that excludes the criminal unlawfulness of the act, due to the increased risk of
mistakes made by the physicians involved in providing health services during the epidemic. The paper focuses primarily
on the dogmatic and legal issues, discussing the catalogue of conditions needed for the application of the instrument
mentioned in the title, but it also attempts to critically evaluate the introduced solution. The idea itself of introducing
a solution affecting the scope of criminal liability of physicians is good, however, it requires legislative clarification as well.

Abstract

This paper is entirely devoted to a new legal instrument called the “Good Samaritan Clause”. Its legal recognition constitutes
the legislator’s response to the concerns raised by the medical community, in view of the unique situation in the country,
but also in the world, relating to the prevention, counteraction and suppression of COVID-19. The assumption is that this
instrument is to constitute a countertype that excludes the criminal unlawfulness of the act, due to the increased risk of
mistakes made by the physicians involved in providing health services during the epidemic. The paper focuses primarily
on the dogmatic and legal issues, discussing the catalogue of conditions needed for the application of the instrument
mentioned in the title, but it also attempts to critically evaluate the introduced solution. The idea itself of introducing
a solution affecting the scope of criminal liability of physicians is good, however, it requires legislative clarification as well.

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Keywords

countertype; a circumstance excluding the criminal unlawfulness of an act; Good Samaritan Clause; health services; criminal liability of a physician; special circumstances

About this article
Title

Good Samaritan Clause

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 92, No 3 (2021)

Article type

Other materials agreed with the Editors

Pages

216-219

Published online

2021-03-05

DOI

10.5603/GP.a2020.0188

Pubmed

33751519

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2021;92(3):216-219.

Keywords

countertype
a circumstance excluding the criminal unlawfulness of an act
Good Samaritan Clause
health services
criminal liability of a physician
special circumstances

Authors

Kamila Mrozek
Adam Praclawski

References (7)
  1. The Act of 28 October 2020 on the amendment of certain Acts with reference to counteraction against crisis situations connected with COVID-19. Journal of Laws. 2020: 2112.
  2. Resolution of the Supreme Medical Council no 1/20/P-VIII of 27 May 2020 on accepting the Act on the amendment of the Act on detailed solutions connected with prevention, counteraction and combating COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and the thus caused crisis situations. www.nil.org.pl (6.12.2020).
  3. Regulation of the Minister of Health of March 20, 2020 on the declaration of epidemic in the territory of the Republic of Poland. Journal of Laws. 2020: 491.
  4. Statement no 117/20/P-VIII of the Supreme Medical Council of 20 October 2020 on the bill on amendment of certain Acts in connection with counteracting crisis situations connected with COVID-19. www.orka.sejm.gov.pl (6.12.2020).
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