Psychiatrist killed in Bari, the judges accuse the ASL: “They thought more about the budget than about safety”

Psychiatrist killed in Bari, the judges accuse the ASL: “They thought more about the budget than about safety”
Psychiatrist killed in Bari, the judges accuse the ASL: “They thought more about the budget than about safety”

twelve o’clock, October 28, 2021 – 10:35 am

The reasons for the sentence regarding the murder of Paola Labriola, which took place in 2013. The judges of the Court of Bari last April sentenced the former director of the ASL of Bari Domenico Colasanto to 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment.

from Carlo Testa



“An underestimation of the risk of aggression to personnel” also linked to an “economic approach to health care functions bent to the needs of the budget”. Thus the judges of the Court of Bari justified the sentence with which, last April, the former director of the ASL of Bari Domenico Colasanto was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment. According to the judges, he would not have guaranteed safety in the mental health center in via Tenente Casale, in the Libertà district of Bari, where, on 4 September 2013, the psychiatrist from Bari Paola Labriola was killed by a patient with 57 stab wounds. “The underestimation of the issue of safety in the workplace and the vision of the economic criterion as the main guide of the action of the ASL leaders – reads the reasons for the sentence – determined Colasanto’s choices not to draw up the risk assessment document for Mental health centers and not to adopt adequate preventive measures, thus creating the conditions to leave the CSM in via Casale without adequate security measures, where the barbaric murder of Dr. Labriola took place, who exercised her functions with self-denial in a High security risk CSM ».

The accusations to the manager

The former general manager Domenico Colasanto

Colasanto was found responsible for manslaughter aggravated by the violation of the rules for the prevention of accidents at work and the omission of official acts. According to the judges, “there was an underestimation of the risk of aggression against personnel, both for adherence to Basaglian theories opposed to the militarization of the CSM, and for the economic planning of the health functions, bent to the needs of the budget, which denotes the main concern of many public health managers, namely the balance of the budget, rather than the protection of the health and safety of workers ». The murder of the Bari psychiatrist Paola Labriola «it was foreseeable and avoidable by adopting the remedies and precautions required by law “. This was written by the judges of the Court of Bari in the reasons for the sentence with which, last April, they condemned the former dg of the Bari ASL Domenico Colasanto for the crimes of manslaughter aggravated by the violation of the rules for the prevention of accidents on the work and omission of official documents, with reference to the death of the doctor killed by a patient on 4 September 2013 in a mental health center in Bari. Sharing the conclusions of the sentence against the material executor, the 41 year old Vincenzo Poliseno, who is serving a final sentence of 30 years of imprisonment, the judges quoting some excerpts talking about a “sadly announced crime”.

The scenery

“The homicidal event – reads the sentence of Colasanto – was favored by the conditions of total insecurity in which the structure had been living for some time”: “the victim had no possibility of escape, there were no sound alarm devices in the room , the staff were all female, the video intercom at the entrance was not working, the entrance door could be opened from the outside with a simple push ».

28 October 2021 | 10:35

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Psychiatrist killed Bari judges accuse ASL thought budget safety

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