Expat doctors prevented from leaving country after patient dies in their care - report
Two doctors accused of malpractice at a hospital in Saudi Arabia have been barred from leaving the country while an investigation takes place, it was reported.
According to English language Saudi Gazette, Jeddah Health Affairs instructed an unnamed hospital in the Red Sea city to prevent attempts to flee by the two expat practitioners following a public complaint.
The newspaper said that a local man accused the unnamed doctors of causing the death of his mother after her intestines were allegedly punctured during a procedure to remove a tumour.
The man is now said to be planning to take legal action through the hospital, while health authorities in Jeddah have instructed a committee to review the case.
Earlier this month, a doctor in neighbouring UAE was cleared of manslaughter charges after a patient died in his care.
Cyril Karabus, a paediatric oncologist, was accused of killing a three-year-old leukaemia patient while working in Abu Dhabi in 2002, and was convicted and sentenced to three years in jail and ordered to pay AED100,000 ($27,226) without his knowledge.
Karabus was arrested at Dubai airport in August last year as he changed flights on his way home from his son’s wedding in Canada, and in the intervening months has had bail denied four times, as well as having his case postponed 13 times.
Following the meeting of a medical review committee comprising nine doctors last month, Karabus was cleared of any wrongdoing and subsequently found not guilty by the court.