Doctors protest the arrest of a physician accused of ignorance in Beirut, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Order of Physicians continued to voice support for a doctor accused of neglecting and misdiagnosing an infant, criticizing authorities for arresting him without first conducting a proper investigation. The Order's headquarters in Tahwita was crowded with physicians Tuesday, who lambasted authorities for not adhering to standard procedures in the case, which involved Doctor Issam Maalouf. Hashem Noureddine, head of the media committee at the Order of Physicians, told The Daily Star that the issue has been complicated by the number of actors involved, aggravating the situation and making things more chaotic.Noureddine was hesitant to disclose the conclusions of the Order's case report, but did say that it was important to differentiate between medical errors and complications that can occur in certain cases.Medical errors are human errors committed by the doctors themselves, he explained, while complications can occur even though a doctor's work is medically correct.
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