UAE. The Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) issued an administrative decision to sack a doctor working in Al Wasl Hospital on grounds of medical negligence
The action was taken against a woman Arab doctor working in Al Wasl Hospital, after she was proven to be responsible for causing the death of an 11 year old Emirati girl.
The decision was taken after a through investigation by two committees, one of which was formed by the DHA. The medical file of the victim was reviewed and the committees also noted down testimonials of the medical treating staff.
Following the results of the investigation, the DHA sacked the doctor and also banned the her from practising in the UAE.
Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of the DHA said that this decision does not forfeit the right of the family members of the deceased child from filing a separate case in the court and demanding for compensation.
This case was registered in August 2009, when the patient, MAA, was brought it to Al Wasl Hospital as she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. She was complaining of vomiting and high fever and despite being a critical case, the patient was not admitted in the emergency room. The patient’s condition deteriorated and she died one day after she was admitted in the hospital.
Al Murooshid said that the committee is transparent in its findings and that the DHA views cases of medical negligence stringently irrespective of whether the case is registered against a private or a public hospital.
He also mentioned that the authority has taken action on several medical negligence cases in the last one year and the results range from revoking license of the medical physicians to more stringent action depending on the merits of the case.
He highlighted that the DHA has a Clinical Governance Office, which is part of the DHA Health Regulation Department and is responsible to address medical negligence and/or malpractice complaints filed against medical staff and/or hospitals in the Emirate of Dubai. These cases are individually reviewed and a committee is formed for each case to ensure through investigation is conducted.
The DHA has a transparent policy to deal with all complaints related to medical negligence and/or malpractice.
In 2009, the DHA health regulation department received 52 cases against the private sector for medical negligence and/or malpractice. Of these 8 are still under investigation, 8 have been closed for reasons such as request of the complainant etc. Of the 35 cases investigated, 14 were found to be cases of medical negligence, one case was medical malpractice, 7 were cases of negligence and malpractice, and 13 were found to be neither negligence, nor malpractice
In 2009, the DHA received 18 complaints against public hospitals, of which 1 case is still under investigation, 3 complaints were closed as the complainant did not appear before the committee,
Of the remaining 14 cases investigated by the DHA, it was found that there was no negligence or malpractice in 6 cases, one case was found to be a malpractice case and negligence and malpractice in three cases and the remaining four cases were found to be negligence cases.
The Clinical Governance Office is located in Building 54, Dubai HealthCare City, alternatively they can contact the office through the DHA Toll Free No – 800 342 or log on to the website www.dha.