Bahrain denies medical cover-up
Manama, September 20, 2013
Bahrain's Health Ministry officials yesterday hit back at claims they 'cover-up' when medical mistakes happen.
This follows a spate of incidents recently where patients have died, said a report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper.
Health officials targeted their condemnation of negligence claims and 'hiding the full facts' at local newspapers, TV channels and even MPs.
Claims that they are slow to act when accidents happen were also refuted, it said.
A statement pointed out that the ministry acts immediately by forming an internal probe committee in cases related to patients or their treatment in hospitals.
"The panel will investigate each case and reveal causes which led to the accident, before the relatives of the dead submit a complaint or request a probe panel".
The ministry also confirmed that it transfers each file on dead patients when his/her case is suspected of being caused by a medical mistake or negligence, to the National Health Regulatory Authority.
These procedures are carried out in accordance with a directive issued by Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Supreme Council for Health chairman Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, to speed up decisions on the complaint, it said, noting "the ministry followed the same procedures even before the memorandum was issued".
The ministry protects the rights of all relevant parties, the statement added. "It is also committed to notify authorities about serious professional mistakes in the fastest manner, to take the required legal action".
The ministry added it always acts with transparency and credibility on the results of investigations of medical mistakes and accidents that occur on its premises. -TradeArabia News Service