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Medical mistakes behind 223 deaths at Saudi hospital - employee

Arab pharmacist claims mistakes at the private hospital were never investigated

Medical mistakes behind 223 deaths at Saudi hospital - employee

Medical mistakes by staff at a Saudi private hospital caused the deaths of 223 patients over a two year period, according to claims made by an Arab pharmacist who worked at the facility, it was reported.

The Arab Times newspaper said the former employee also accused the hospital of financial excesses, including giving rewards to a Madinah Health Affairs official.

In his complaints, detailed in letters to the Ministry of Interior, Madinah governorate, Health Affairs Department and the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the pharmacist alleged the hospital also received millions of riyals from the Ministry of Health and insurance companies through forged claims that carried fake consultants’ stamps.

The report said the pharmacist alleged there were 130 deaths at the hospital in 2012 and 93 in 2011 as a result of medical mistakes by staff which were never investigated.

He detailed a case in which a woman died after a botched caesarean operation. The pharmacist claimed that the woman suffered from diabetes and hepatitis B, as well as asthma attacks.

The deceased’s treating doctor gave the patient Primperan (a drug to treat nausea), which the pharmacist claimed should not have been administered before the patient gave birth. The woman later developed complications and died.

The Arab Times said the doctor also claimed the same female doctor mistakenly performed a hysterectomy on a woman who had been admitted with an acute hemorrhage.

He also cited other several cases where patients died as a result of negligence, including doctors ignoring emergency calls, a lack of available oxygen and unnecessary procedures aimed at obtaining more money from referring authorities.

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