Bahraini MPs demand health minister resign over medical negligence

Bahraini MPs demand health minister resign over medical negligence
# 17 September 2013 02:50 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Some Bahraini lawmakers on Monday demanded the health minister resign following increasing accusations of medical negligence after a girl died at a hospital allegedly of wrong intubation, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The lawmakers said they wanted Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi to resign before the fourth legislative term starts in few weeks.

The MPs joined rights activists and political groups in their condemnation against the health ministry following the death of Fatima Ali Hussain, 12, who died at Bahrain's main hospital of Salmaniya Medical Complex.

The 12-year-old child died as a result of wrong intubation for a routine procedure to treat an ovarian cyst, according to a medical report.

"The minister should step down from his position to allow a competent person to take in charge," said spokesman of the lawmakers Ahmed Al Saati.

He highlighted at a press conference on Monday the deaths induced by medical negligence in Bahrain, which involved 19 sickle cell patients. "All medics responsible in the case should be punished for the medical error."

Bahrain's main health watchdog, the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) has launched a probe into Fatima's case.

NHRA chief executive Bahaa Eldin Fateha said after the parliament press conference that the medics will face a disciplinary committee next week, adding those found guilty of medical errors could face temporary suspension or licenses revocation.

However, Al Shehabi pledged that his ministry would investigate the case in a transparent manner, stressing two doctors involved in the case were already suspended pending investigation.