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Thu 7 Feb 2008 04:00 AM

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Bahrain law hits health workers

Healthcare professionals in Bahrain could be charged under the Kingdom's first law to target medical malpractice.

Healthcare professionals in Bahrain could be charged under the Kingdom's first law to target medical malpractice.

The draft bill, drafted by MP Salafist Bloc, is the first to specifically address medical negligence and is currently under consideration by the Bahrain parliament.

Its recommendations include the formation of a panel to oversee malpractice complaints, and the enforcement of tough penalties in upheld cases of negligence.

The six-chapter document also outlines the basic duties of physicians and tackles topics including patient privacy and consent, alongside wider issues such as research regulations.

Its release coincides with a reported rise in the number of patient complaints registered by the Ministry of Health.

More than 65 patients have reported grievances to the MoH, said Dr Lena Al Qasem, head of the Patient Complaint Office; the majority registered by expatriates.

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