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MPs brandish grilling in medical malpractice, death of girl

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12: MPs have denounced the repetition of medical errors which resulted in deaths, demanding for an end to these mistakes. They asked Minister of Health Dr Basil Al-Sabah and officials in his ministry to bear responsibly for the death of a young girl identified as Durra Al-Herz – the latest victim of the series of medical malpractices.

They also called for a thorough investigation, harsher penalty for medical errors and accountability; or else, an interpellation motion will be submitted.

Addressing the incident, Minister of Health Dr Basil Al- Sabah affirmed the ministry is exhausting all means to get to the bottom of the incident that led to the death of Al-Herz in a dermatology clinic. He said the person responsible has been suspended and blacklisted until completion of investigation, asserting the ministry will not hesitate in taking the necessary legal action if the person is proven guilty of medical malpractice.

He disclosed that besides instructing the clinic to conduct its own investigation on the little girl’s death, the ministry also formed an investigative committee consisting of experts from Kuwait University and other relevant bodies to follow up developments and ensure all the necessary procedures are followed without putting pressure on any of the concerned parties.

On the other hand, MP Majed Al-Mutairi wondered why there has yet to be any preventative measure to curb medical errors; considering the death of another young girl shortly after the last one, while the action taken was just the formation of committees. He went on to say that if the minister is unable to implement reforms or get desirable results from these committees, an interpellation will be underway.

Furthermore, MP Riyadh Al- Adsani said he will closely follow up the investigation of the Health Ministry. He urged the minister and his officials to intensify their efforts to complete the investigation as soon as possible, unlike the last medical malpractice case which resulted in the death of another young girl. He disclosed he submitted queries regarding the incident three months after the girl’s death and he is still waiting for answers until now.

Al-Adsani warned that if no legal action is taken against the person proven to have caused the death of this innocent young girl, he will not hesitate in submitting an interpellation request against the minister. He stressed no one should toy with human lives and everyone is responsible for protecting lives.

MP Naser Al-Dousiri emphasized the need to stop deaths caused by medical malpractice, demanding for harsher punishments for such crimes. He quoted sources as saying that the little girl passed away when an expatriate doctor in a dermatology clinic at Abdullah Al-Salem gave her an injection. He then asked the minister to address the issue in a vigilant and transparent manner.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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