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Thursday , March 21 2019

‘Cleared in patient’s suspected death’ – MoH decision to sack doctor cancelled

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 17: The Court of First Instance nullified the administrative decision of the Ministry of Health to terminate the service of a doctor and stop the procedure of his appointment. The court now regards the decision as null and void.

According to the case file, the ministry recruited the doctor from his country and assigned him to a public hospital. He resumed duty as casualty doctor but was surprised when the ministry suddenly stopped the process and issued a decision to terminate his appointment due to medical error traced to him, which caused the death of a patient.

The ministry’s Investigation Committee thereby made the recommendation. In his defense, Lawyer Khalid Taher Al-Khateeb said his client was already charged for murder at the Criminal Court, while the Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal acquitted him of the allegation.

He accused the ministry of abusing its authority over his client, especially as his salary was deducted before the termination of appointment. He added his client will also appeal deduction of the two weeks pay from his salary, because he didn’t have a hand in the death of the patient.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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