Unlicensed doctors raise health concerns



JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Friday 23 November 2012

Last update 23 November 2012 4:35 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

There are 400 foreign doctors in hospitals and polyclinics in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia without a valid licenses to practice the profession, Al-Watan reported yesterday quoting a Health Ministry source.
“Most of these doctors are involved in cases related to medical mistakes as a result of their negligence,” the source said. "Hospitals provide them with shelter for material gain and they don’t care about issuing a license," he added.
He also pointed out that the proposal made by the Shoura Council’s health committee to register medical mistakes has not yet seen the light. “This has led to an increasing number of medical mistakes across the country,” he said.
According to the source, there are two reasons that obstructed implementation of the Shoura proposal, namely, a lack of appropriate action on the part of the ministry and a move by investors to abort the proposal in order to hide their mistakes.
Meanwhile, Dr. Muhammad Erfan, manager of Dr. Erfan & Bagedo Hospital said the ministry’s decision to close his hospital was “oppressive, arbitrary and unfair.” He said the minister had refused to meet him to explain how the eight-year-old boy died.
Erfan also pointed out that seven hospitals had refused to accept 280 patients from his hospital due to lack of capacity.
Erfan said his hospital has been serving about 50,000 patients in Jeddah. He expressed his dismay at the minister’s quick decision to close down the hospital completely. “The boy — Salah Al-Deen, son of Sheikh Yusuf Jameel — died due to a technical fault. The ministry should have punished the person who caused the death instead of closing down the hospital.”
The manager said the hospital’s closure would not only incur heavy losses but would also affect patients' lives in the city as well as its 2,700 employees. “We have told the staff that they would be paid their salary despite the closure.” According to Erfan, his hospital receives at least 2,500 patients daily, including accident victims.
He said the ministry closed the hospital without considering the situation of other patients admitted there.
Yaseen Khayat, chairman of the lawyers committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the closure of Erfan Hospital was in accordance with the law. He said the same punishment should be imposed on negligent government hospitals.
However, Khayat questioned the ministry’s abrupt punitive action against Erfan & Bagedo while ignoring the mistakes being committed by other hospitals.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: A total of 172,000 pilgrims have arrived via 861 flights from around the world at King Abdulaziz International Airport so far, said Turki Al-Theeb, the airport’s director of media and public relations.He said the number of Haj flights are exp...
RIYADH: Saudis from all walks of life are hopeful that the visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the United States this week will strengthen relations between the two countries and ensure a peaceful and stable Middle East.Shoura C...
JEDDAH: Security forces killed a terrorist who tried to attack a security facility in Abqaiq on Friday, the Interior Ministry said.Sgt. Ali Al-Habeeb, 47, was killed during the confrontation with the attacker, identified as Nawaf Manahi Shabib Al-Ota...
ANKARA: Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani has said that unemployment among Saudis is relatively high, pointing to the negative impact of retreating oil prices on the economy and labor market. He confirmed that the Kingdom was continuing with the impl...
JEDDAH: The country’s newly elected municipal councils should have a say in selecting mayors and secretaries general of cities, participants at a Municipal Councils Forum suggested on Thursday.They proposed that the councils should compile a list of...
DAMMAM: Many Saudis have complained that while the Kingdom has attractive local tourist spots, several charge high prices, offer poor services and lack proper hygiene.They said that Taif, Abha, Baha, Jeddah and the Eastern Province have popular resor...

Stay Connected

Facebook