File- A man lies injured in a hospital in Beirut.Medical errors are violations of professional ethics (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Conditions in Lebanon's health care system leave the public exposed to the risk of medical malpractice, according to the investigative team of the Order of Physicians.The assertion is consistent with findings of a November 2014 report on medical malpractice in the country by the Lebanese Transparency Association.Lebanese Order of Physicians' Professional Investigation Committee is responsible for investigating malpractice cases.Committee member Dr. Chawki Danaf said that physicians review complaints brought by the patients themselves or their legal representation. The goal is to discern whether a medical error or medical complication occurred. Danaf said that each year, 30 percent of cases reviewed are found to have medical errors.The year 2001 saw the permanent ban of one physician due to malpractice.Around 20 of those are classified as medical errors and then referred to the disciplinary board.The LTA report cited a 2012 study by public health professor Fadi El-Jardali of the American University of Beirut, which found that 81.7 percent of hospital staff feared repercussions if they were to report medical errors.
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