Consultations Before Medical Negligence Insurance


The government says that there will be consultations with all stakeholders before any insurance obligations are imposed by law on medical doctors, requiring medical malpractice insurance by that group.

The decision was taken after Esme Stevens underwent a colonoscopy at a private medical clinic and subsequently died.

On Tuesday Health Minister Molwyn Joseph announced an amendment to the law governing medical practitioners and especially the creation of a Disciplinary Committee.

The Minister of Health proposed the mandatory replacement of doctors on the Committee by a retired judge, nurse or other professionals capable of making sound judgments on the basis of experience and knowledge.

The first reading of the amended law is likely to come before Parliament next Thursday when the elective body re-convenes.

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