April 2, 2015

Andreas Lubitz - the French Alps suicide plane crash and the issue of Doctor/Patient confidentiality

On March 24, 2015, Andreas Lubitz, age 27, crashed a plane into the mountains of the French Alps. 

Andreas Lubitz
He was depressed and wanted to commit suicide. When the pilot went to the washroom to urinate, Andreas, the co-pilot, locked the cockpit door and reprogrammed the airplane to descend to crash levels.

Ultimately he killed not only himself but 149 innocent passengers and crew including 2 babies and 16 teenage students. 

The terror that these crew members and passengers experienced as this plane slowly descended to its crash point was terrifying.  The pilot was trying to axe down the cockpit door and the passengers were screaming in fear and confusion.  They knew that they were facing death at 10:30 a.m. out of nowhere. 

Over the years Andreas Lubitz had seen multiple doctors over his mental issues. Many doctors were aware of his problems and he was often prescribed anti-psychotic drugs including anti-psychotic injections. 

Doctor/patient confidentiality
has no place in the transportation
industry where psychopaths
can potentially kill hundreds of innocents.
In 2009, while attending Lufthansa flight training school he had admitted to his instructors that he had had a previous incident of severe depression.

In Germany and elsewhere, doctors are not permitted to disclose a patient's physical or mental issues to his or her employer or to anyone else for that matter. 

The German Aviation Association spokesperson states that:  “The confidence our pilots have in our medical doctors is of high importance....if there is a lifting of doctor-patient confidentiality, then possibly pilots will not trust in medical doctors and that will make the situation worse.”

Worse than what?  Worse than killing 149 innocent strangers?  

Andreas Lubitz was psychotic and was a psychopath. He saw numerous doctors over the past 6 years, all of whom knew that Andreas was seriously mentally ill and that he was teetering on the brink of destruction. They also knew that he was a pilot working for a major airline. 

If you are a doctor and you know that your patient is suicidal and in need of anti-psychotic drug injections, you should be able to report this issue to the patient's employer if the patient is working in a position in the transportation industry - i.e pilots, train engineers, ship captains, truck drivers, bus drivers, and even taxi drivers. These people hold the lives of others in their hands. 

If a doctor sees a patient who says:  "I am severely depressed.  I want to be dead.
Angels of God, pray for the victims of this horrid
plane crash. God save us from the psychopaths.
I need an injection of an anti-psychotic drug.  And oh, by the way, I'm co-piloting a plane full of 149 people tomorrow." - what should you expect the doctor to do?  

The answer is:  The doctor should contact the employer immediately and ask that the employee be temporarily suspended from duties and be placed on sick leave and under medical care. 

This note should not be given to the patient to hand in to his employer as occurred in the case of Andreas Lubitz. It should be expedited directly to the place of employment. 

Doctor/patient confidentiality should not be taken into consideration when a doctor knows that someone such as a working pilot wants to die. 

We pray that 149 innocent victims of this tragedy are in Heaven.  We pray that they are at peace and are with God.  

We pray for a change to the Doctor/Patient confidentiality system.  What good did this system do for the 149 innocents who screamed as they crashed to their deaths? 

God save us from the psychopaths.  They are killing us, Father.  Amen. 

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