Vatican hospital says investigation a 'hoax'

2017-07-04 05:17


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Rome - The Vatican's children's hospital is calling an Associated Press investigation into quality of care problems a "hoax".

In a statement on Monday, the Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital again threatened legal action against the AP for what it said was a report containing "false, dated and gravely defamatory" accusations that it said had been disproven by a Vatican probe.

AP uncovered two previously unknown Vatican investigations into the hospital: One three-month probe in 2014 interviewed dozens of current and former employees, gathered hospital documentation and concluded that the hospital's mission had been lost under its past administration and was "today more aimed at profit than on caring for children".

The hospital cited a second Vatican-commissioned report by a team of Americans who spent three days at the hospital in 2015, "disproved" the first report and declared Bambino Gesu in many ways "best in class".

Dr Ashish Jha, director of Harvard University's Global Health Institute, says the number of problems identified at the Vatican's children's hospital by The Associated Press is "very unusual" and suggests the institution needs a complete overhaul.

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