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Health Sector Representatives to Check Medical Accountability Draft Law

Stressing on the need to maintain the reputation of the Kingdom’s , Minister of Health Nayef Fayez said this requires the cooperation of all parties representing the sector.

The minister made the comments during a workshop held yesterday to discuss the medical accountability draft law, attended by sector representatives the Medical Association (JMA).

According to the preamble to the draft law, the bill is necessary in order to protect patients’ rights and provide them with high-quality ; protect the rights of service providers through regulating the profession; upgrade and guarantee implementation of quality assurance standards in medical institutions.

The law stipulates that the health minister forms panels of experts called “description committees”, which will detail procedures followed in medical services and send them to the minister for approval.

It also obligates service providers to notify patients of the medical measures that will be implemented, the available alternatives and the potential complications.

In addition, the ministry will establish a national registry for and the listed information will remain confidential, with the exception of certain cases stipulated in the law.

Moreover, the bill imposes a JD3,000-JD5,000 fine on any person who violates provisions of the law.

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