Kuwait Health Ministry to set up medical accountability board

Kuwait’s Health Ministry plans to introduce a department tasked with the medical accountability of public and private healthcare practices, Minister Sheikh Basel Humoud Al-Sabah revealed on Monday.

Based on a ministerial decree, the body of three sectors will recieve claims into alleged errors, review the accuracy of these claims and investigate the claims, the ministry said in a statement, citing Sheikh Basel.

The department will form a database on the claims made, compile the documents necessary to act upon these claims and carry out an investigation into the commitment of the healthcare provider towards carrying out their role and responsibilities, the statement explained.

It will also submit these claims to a committee responsible for investigating the technical and legal aspects and assess the scale of the alleged medical error.