A procedural reform approved by the Government of Pedro Sánchez that came into effect on July 29, 2020 meant that all judicial investigations opened before that date had a maximum duration of twelve months. Thus, hundreds of files in Spanish courts have been resolved this Thursday, such as the ‘Kitchen operation’ and many others. In the Basque case, one of the most significant processes affected was the summary due to the leaks of examinations in the medical examinations of the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza), whose investigation was still in a very incipient phase although more than three years have passed. of those exams. According to judicial sources, a resolution of the investigator, Judge Cristina Rodríguez Ruiz, is expected to be notified shortly, which would allow an extension of at least six months in this investigation.
The ESK union requests the indictment of 30 doctors for having allegedly received the 2018 opposition questions
The three accusations in the process, the Prosecutor’s Office – as confirmed to this newspaper – and the unions LAB and ESK, had demanded in recent weeks an extension of the deadlines given the relevance of the pending cases, although they had also sought to accumulate all the requests that they deemed necessary to get them on time. The new reference date would already be January 29, 2022, although the 2020 regulations allow successive extensions if necessary.
The LAB union had requested, among other steps, the review of all examinations – in the specialty of Traumatology, a member alluded to the fact that those who obtained the position made questionnaires that were “photocopies” of each other and regarding the correction template – and the indictment of the Osakidetza leadership, including the then director, Jon Darpon, and other senior officials, for an alleged crime of “illicit association” by having designed the OPE “to measure so that there would be leaks.” ESK, for its part, wants to cite as accused two more court members and thirty opponents of different exams not only because of their good marks but also because of their “affinity” relationship with the authors of the questions. This center limits to ten the categories in which it sees the clearest indications of irregularities. Of them, in Urology or Microbiology there are no imputations so far.
The non-acceptance of an extension in the investigation of the OPE would suppose an abyss. It would be necessary to determine if with the elements compiled so far in the summary there is a basis for holding a trial. A score of tests are investigated in which apparently a specific group of opponents received leaks and, to date, only a few answer sheets from the category of Anesthesia have been reviewed. In them, corresponding to the best marks, the order was repeated, there were identical wording and even the errors were coincident. And in the specialty of Cardiology, the members Ángel Loma Osorio and Izaskun Obieta indicated that the suspicions of leaks were “common knowledge” without at this time any person or the court or among the opponents having been imputed.
Right now there are eleven people accused. They are José Luis Cabriada (author of the Digestive examination), César Augusto Valero (Anesthesia), María Reyes Vega (Angiology), Eduvigis Álvarez (Neurophysiology), José Antonio Elexpuru and Covadonga Fernández (Neurosurgery), Iñigo Echevarría (Traumatology) and Thais Salas , Alfredo Martínez Flórez, Andrés Beltrán and Javier Meléndez (opponent and members of the Plastic Surgery tribunal). One of them, Echevarría, has not even made a statement yet. Judge Rodríguez Ruiz is the third instructor to have had the case after Yolanda Varona and Ana Jesús Zulueta.