jordan – awsuit against doctor’s assailants

Ministry files lawsuit against doctor’s assailants

By Khetam Malkawi

AMMAN – The Ministry of Health on Saturday filed a lawsuit against four citizens who reportedly assaulted a physician at the Qatraneh Health Centre.

Minister of Health Abdul Latif Wreikat told The Jordan Times that despite attempts by the suspects’ family to drop the case, “we will not be lenient and they are currently in custody”.

He noted that the ministry will continue with legal proceedings against the perpetrators even if the doctor decides to drop charges.

According to preliminary investigations, the physician was doing his job properly and “did not commit any mistake”, the minister added.

In August this year, the ministry announced that it will file lawsuits against those who attack on-duty doctors, in order to prevent future assaults.

The lawsuit filed yesterday was the fifth the ministry has pursued since implementing this policy.

Jordan Medical Association (JMA) President Ahmad Armouti said 14 assaults against doctors have been registered since the beginning of the year.

“Although the suspects said they will publicly apologise to the assaulted doctor and to the association, we support the minister’s decision not to drop the charges against them,” he told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday.

“Although we have still monitored some cases of assault against doctors after the new measures were implemented… I am sure that these procedures are the only solution for putting an end to this phenomenon,” Armouti added.

According to JMA figures, 38 cases of physical assault against doctors were recorded in 2010, compared to 26 in 2009, 43 in 2008 and 40 in 2007.

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