2,413 medical errors in a year

Updated 06 April 2015
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2,413 medical errors in a year

The number of recorded medical errors in the Kingdom amounted to 2,413 cases over a period of one year, with Riyadh and the Eastern Province accounting for 20 percent and 17.6 percent of the cases, respectively, according to official data.
The number of court hearings on medical errors reached 2,838. Twenty-six percent of these were in the Riyadh Province, according to the report which was published in a local daily.
Ali bin Mohammed Al-Quraishi, an international legal arbitrator and adviser, said that the forensic medical commissions are considered independent courts in terms of handling medical errors. There are currently 19 commissions distributed in seven regions and provinces, each headed by a judge who is nominated by the minister of justice.
Al-Quraishi said that these commissions are intended to protect patients from medical errors and that there is a mandatory insurance process to protect against medical malpractice for all doctors and dentists working in public and private health institutions.
Nagwa Mousa, a quality consultant, said that the concept of quality is designed to improve patient satisfaction and protect patients from medical errors. He noted that this is why regulations must be set up in order to stop medical malpractices through continuous inspections of medical facilities and health care centers.


Pilgrims praise Saudi efforts during Hajj

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Pilgrims praise Saudi efforts during Hajj

  • Pilgrims praise the organization of the Hajj ritual areas
  • Millions pass through relatively small areas to perform the rituals

ARAFAT: Pilgrims from around the world have expressed their gratitude for the services provided to them by the Saudi authorities, and praised the quality.
“Despite the small size of the holy sites area and the massive gatherings of pilgrims coming yearly to this place, Saudi Arabia has succeeded in managing the huge crowds,” said Jihad Obaid, an Iraqi pilgrim performing Hajj for the first time. The only thing he does not like is the hot weather, but the water sprinklers installed along the way have been a great help, he added.
“These sprinklers reflect how caring the Saudi government is,” he said. “We all know that man can’t control weather challenges, but the preparations made to protect pilgrims is a sign of the great efforts to help pilgrims carry out their rituals comfortably.”
Mas’ood BuHadji, from Algeria, thanked the security guards for the work they do for pilgrims.
“I would like to extend my thanks and appreciations to the security men who spare no effort in assisting the pilgrims to easily complete their rituals,” he said. “Although I am not Saudi, I feel proud of these Muslim security men, whose job here is not only to secure pilgrims a safe Hajj, but also offer them bottles of cold water.
“Hajj is now easier than ever; the Jamarat Bridge, the services and everything.”