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91 medical errors in hospitals confirmed
August 2, 2016, 8:41 am

Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi disclosed that the sector investigated 456 complaints related to medical issues from 2012 until 2015, and 91 indictments were made in those cases.

Responding to a question raised by MP Hamoud Al-Hamdan, the minister declared that Legal and Investigation Affairs Department of the ministry investigated 369 complaints in that regard from 2012 until the end of 2015 and confirmed 39 medical errors in government hospitals.

He also said the Medical Licenses Committee that investigated cases related to medical error in private hospitals received 87 complaints within the period and confirmed 52 errors.

 Meanwhile, a source noted the government has been considering complete closure of overseas medical treatment files, exempting extreme chronic cases.

The source noted the decision could be implemented in two phases and the committee has been contemplating on engaging a large number of internationally renowned consultants to take care of heart diseases, cancer, orthopedics and other specialties.

He stated the doctors will be given long-term contracts contrary to what is obtainable at the moment in which they are compelled to perform major operations while on a short visit based on warnings from economic experts who expressed fear that the current system will deplete public funds and complicate the budget deficit.

Source: Arab Times

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