No tol­er­ance re­gard­ing pub­lic health: Obaidi

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi stressed that the min­istry give no tol­er­ance to­wards med­i­cal er­rors, adding that he was in his po­si­tion to pro­tect the health of both cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates, and de­velop health ser­vices in Kuwait.

“The is­sue of med­i­cal er­rors is one of my top pri­or­i­ties and any re­lated com­plaint filed to my of­fice about med­i­cal or nurs­ing neg­li­gence will be im­me­di­ately re­ferred to the min­istry’s le­gal af­fairs depart­ment for in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Obaidi ex­plained, not­ing that neu­tral com­mit­tees are formed to in­ves­ti­gate such com­plaints. “A pa­tient is al­ways pre­sumed right un­til in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­cluded,” he un­der­scored.

More­over, Obaidi un­der­lined that med­i­cal er­rors hap­pen every­where world­wide be­cause “those who work make mis­takes and those who do not, never make any.” “This does not mean tol­er­at­ing med­i­cal er­rors,” he re­marked, point­ing out that each death case while pa­tients are hos­pi­tal­ized is sub­ject to in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a spe­cial­ized com­mit­tee to de­ter­mine the cause of death and whether they hap­pened due to nat­u­ral causes, or re­sult­ing from health com­pli­ca­tions so that any staff mem­ber proved re­spon­si­ble could be held legally ac­count­able. “Ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal of Pa­tients’ Safety re­ports in 2013, 440,000 have died in the United States, and 40,000 died in the United King­dom be­cause of med­i­cal er­rors,” he added, not­ing that around 17,000 also died in Ger­many in 2010 for the same rea­sons. Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about be­ing the first mem­ber of the cab­i­net to file his dis­clo­sure state­ment, Obaidi stressed that such a step was his duty be­cause he had ‘noth­ing to hide.’ —Al-Rai

Dr Ali Al-Obaidi

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