Bahrain: Health Ministry Accused Of Medical Negligence

The court ordered the Health Ministry to pay BD29,000 in compensation to relatives of a dead man on charges of medical negligence. The Public Prosecution found that the victim was discharged from Salmaniya Medical Complex back in 2014 without proper treatment.

Case files revealed that the deceased was taken to SMC on February 21, 2014, with knife wounds following an attack by two men. The victim sustained a deep cut in his chest, which damaged his cardiac membrane. This caused a hemorrhage in the crystalline membrane of the lung and leakage of blood to the lungs. The hospital discharged him on February 23 without confirming if the bleeding has stopped.

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However, his condition deteriorated which led to his death on March 2, 2014. The cause of death was later found to be bleeding which contradicted the discharge summary. The parents and siblings of the deceased demanded compensation and accused the hospital of medical negligence disregard of the medical condition.

The victim was the sole breadwinner of his family and had also left behind financial obligations.