Third doctor falls from hospital window after raising alarm about coronavirus

A doctor has become the third medic in Russia to fall from a hospital window after complaining about working conditions and a lack of PPE.

Alexander Shulepov, 37, is now fighting for his life after suffering severe head injuries when he plunged from a second floor window at Novousmanskaya district hospital in the city of Voronezh, southwestern Russia, this weekend.

The doctor, who worked on ambulances, had been treating coronavirus patients. Days before his fall, he and a colleague Alexander Kosyakin filmed themselves claiming they had been forced to work by bosses despite testing positive for Covid-19.

Mr Kosyakin was questioned by police on suspicion of spreading fake news in the days after it appeared online, according to local news reports.

Alexander later filmed a second statement while being treated for the virus in hospital where he retracted the claims made in the first video. His fall has led to speculation that he was pressured to film the retraction statement.

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Alexander is the third hospital worker in Russia to suffer a mysterious fall from a hospital window after attempting to highlight conditions for coronavirus patients in the country. He suffered skull fractures after the fall on Saturday and is now said to be in a critical condition.

Two senior female doctors died recently after falling from hospital windows amid reports they had challenged their superiors over a lack of PPE for those treating Covid-19 patients.

In their initial video, Mr Kosyakin said: ‘Ambulance doctor Alexander Shulepov is next to me, he is just confirmed Covid-19. The chief doctor is forcing us to work, what do we do in this situation? We are not leaving the shift.

‘Myself and Alexander have been working together for a month. This is the situation. Everyone says it’s fake (but) these are real facts for you.’

Hospital chiefs have denied all the allegations made by Alexander and his colleague. Three days after their video, the doctor recorded a second video from hospital, claiming his condition was improving.

‘I have a runny nose, otherwise all is well,’ he said. He claimed that in the first video ‘we were high on emotions’ and that after he was found to be Covid-19 positive, he was taken off his shift.

Last month Dr Natalya Lebedeva, 48, fell to her death from the sixth floor of a Moscow hospital after colleagues said she was unfairly blamed for the spread of coronavirus at her clinic. She had tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, 47, a mother of two, also died after falling from a window at her hospital in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

Colleagues said she had complained about an ‘acute shortage’ of PPE for doctors and nurses before her death.

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