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Malpractice doctors escape Nordic registration. Fatalities go unchecked. Foreign doctors (aka nomad doctors) who’ve made serious mistakes, or at worst caused patient deaths, can work freely in Norway because there’s no common system for checking their history. Responsibility for verifying their credentials rests with the Norwegian Board of Health (Helsetilsynet), but they claim it’s down to the employer, reports NRK.

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Malpractice doctors escape Nordic registration

Published on Monday, 22nd February, 2010 at 14:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 3rd March 2010 at 13:17.

Fatalities go unchecked.

A Stethoscope
A Stethoscope
Photo: Huji/Wikimedia Commons


Pass the buck

Foreign doctors (aka nomad doctors) who’ve made serious mistakes, or at worst caused patient deaths, can work freely in Norway because there’s no common system for checking their history.

Responsibility for verifying their credentials rests with the Norwegian Board of Health (Helsetilsynet), but they claim it’s down to the employer, reports NRK.

“We have a register of authorised health workers in Norway, and no more,” says head of section Gorm Gammeltvedt.

Lethal

In 2006, a Danish self-employed supply anaesthetist failed to give a blood transfusion to a mother who’d given birth. The patient died.

Although the board reprimanded the doctor severely, he’d already received a caution from a previous employer in Namsos after another died during treatment.

“We didn’t know about his previous notification because there’s no central register with this type of information,” says Eirik Eliassen, Clinical Head at Telemark hospital.

The doctor is now working in Denmark, and the two fatalities haven’t been registered with Danish health authorities for the same reason.

Disfigurement

Swedish health authorities have given another doctor of Palestinian origin four cautions, and entered over 20 comments on his file. He’s also been convicted of falsifying documents about his medical competence.

Even though he damaged a boy’s penis during a routine circumcision without anaesthetic in 2003, he got a job in Hammerfest five years later. His employer was assured that the doctor was licensed to work in Norway as nothing had been registered about him here.

He was subsequently fired from his post after patients stopped going to him, and rumours of his medical malpractice spread.

“I wouldn’t describe myself as the best person in the world, but learn from all my mistakes,” the doctor said at the time. He’s now got a job at another Norwegian hospital.

Inquiry

The Ministry of Health and Care says it will now ask the Spanish EU-Presidency to look into the matter.

“It’s extremely serious when Norwegian hospitals and municipalities are able to employ people who shouldn’t have got jobs at all,” says the Ministry’s State Secretary, Roger Ingebrigtsen.

Meanwhile, the Board of Health is also positive to setting up a Nordic registry, and says it will conduct a thorough inquiry into employment procedures at health institutions using foreign staff.




Published on Monday, 22nd February, 2010 at 14:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 3rd March 2010 at 13:17.

This post has the following tags: malpractice, foreign, doctors, fatalities, health, care, board, norway, sweden, denmark, nordic, registry.





  
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