The head of the Beirut Order of Physicians Antoine Boustani speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Beirut Order of Physicians is investigating every complaint it receives and taking disciplinary measures where appropriate, the order's head said, rebutting Health Minister Wael Abu Faour after he accused the body of not holding doctors accountable for wrongdoing.The Health Ministry cannot punish any physician before referring to the order.The minister accused the order of showing no eagerness to preserve people's health, instead choosing to protect physicians regardless of whether they made mistakes.Out of these ... 400 complaints prompted disciplinary measures," Boustani said.Dozens of these 400 physicians were banned from practicing the profession, he said, and several others were expelled from the order.Boustani added that the cases of some other physicians who made medical errors had been resolved by compensation being paid to the families of the patients at their request.Boustani said that if an investigation showed that complications and side effects caused the death, which he said could happen in the best medical centers in the world, then the order is accused of protecting the relevant doctor.Boustani said that according to the World Health Organization, there should be a doctor for every 1,200 individuals.Currently, there are seven medical schools in Lebanon and around 14,000 doctors registered with the Beirut and Tripoli orders of physicians.
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