The Criminal Liability of the Healthcare Professionals and the New Law No. 24/2017 (the So Called Gelli-Bianco Law)
The Law No. 24 of 2017 (the so called Gelli-Bianco Law), which has been welcomed with great enthusiasm by the medical profession, reshapes the criminal negligence in the healthcare sector, after less than five years from the Balduzzi Law. The new appearance of the medical liability for fault is based on a detailed regulation of the guidelines, within which it is possible to identify the recommendations which are generally binding for the healthcare professionals; at the same time a new Article, concerning the criminal liability for death or personal injury in the healthcare sector, has been inserted in the Penal Code (Art. 590-sexies), characterized by the cancellation of the gradation of the fault and by the limitation of the non-punishability only to the unskilful conducts, when appropriate guidelines are observed.