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Dozens protest in Ramallah, urge PA to fight medical negligence

Nov. 19, 2016 9:18 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2016 4:39 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians protested on Saturday in the center of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank, urging the Palestinian Authority (PA) to exert serious efforts to fight medical negligence, which protesters claimed have recently seen an increase in Palestinian hospitals.

The rally was organized at al-Manara Square as part of a campaign which emerged recently after a number of Palestinians died, while others suffered serious health problems as a result of suspected medical negligence or errors.

The organizers called their campaign the Popular Campaign Against Medical Errors.

Ghassan Nimrouti, a spokesman of the campaign, told Ma'an that Saturday's rally was the campaign's first activity.

"The protest is meant to urge officials to bring to justice those involved in medical errors" and to urge courts to reach decisions in legal suits brought against people involved in medical errors and negligence, Nimrouti said.

The campaign, he said, was created after " a series of medical errors have taken place in several Palestinian hospitals causing disabilities to citizens, including children."

The campaign's main goal is to develop institutions which "protect citizens" who may fall victims of medical errors and negligence.

Nimrouti highlighted that the organizers of the campaign met with the Palestinian minister of health, who supported their demands and confirmed that medical surgeries should be covered by a special insurance.

When asked to comment on some criticism against the campaign by a number of doctors, Nimrouti said "doctors are not angels of mercy and we are not devils."
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