THREE NEW LAWS MAY GET MINISTRY OF HEALTH NOD: DR WALEED AL ZADJALI

MUSCAT: Dr Waleed al Zadjali has said that the Ministry of Health (MoH) is considering approving three new laws which OMA has helped draft.

They are on communicable diseases, emergency and disasters and regulating private health establishments.

Dr Zadjali said the laws have already received approval by several bodies including the Majlis A’Shura.

He said the association is focused on regulating the doctor-patient relationship, as part of its efforts to help create a legal framework in the country’s healthcare sector.

Dr Zadjali said there was a need to address conflicts which arise between patients and doctors out of alleged medical malpractice. “We are concerned about what the patient and doctor rights are as well as the practising guidelines in Oman which includes the licensing, the implementation of the protocols particularly medical mismanagement,” he said.

Dr Zadjali said OMA has a higher committee comprising 15 members from bodies including MoH, ROP and the armed forces.

He described this body as a mediator that “protects patients” when there is a complaint “that comes either through the court or through MoH, raised from the patient or the patient’s relatives”.

He also referred to a contract the association recently signed with a medical law consultancy office.

“The objective is actually to protect the doctor. At the same time, there is a committee which studies the case and makes sure everything goes in the correct way for the patient’s side as well as the doctor’s.”

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY