NAJRAN – Najran Health Affairs denied Saturday any knowledge of a “tribal reconciliation” between doctors and the father of a child who died while in their care, and said that such a resolution to the issue “means nothing”.
“This would not absolve them of responsibility should they be found guilty of malpractice in the child’s case,” said the regional Health Affairs chief, Yahya Aal Shuwail of a tribal settlement. “Public prosecution is still in effect and the case is being looked at by the Shariah Medical Commission in Asir.”
Saudi Gazette reported last Thursday that Hasan Rashed Aal Hashwan, the father of the deceased child, had pardoned the doctor allegedly responsible after medical officials and senior tribal figures requested his forgiveness and legal pardon “in exchange for any wish”, as per tribal custom.
Aal Hashwan said the large gathering in front of his house Wednesday offered him a large amount of money or a “high tribal status”.
“I asked the doctors to reveal the true circumstances of my son’s death, and they admitted that my son was a victim of medical negligence,” said Aal Hashwan, who added that he would approach Asir Health Affairs to formally drop his case against the doctor.
Najran Health Affairs said Saturday, however, that what was reported “does not mean the end of the case”.
“The investigation is continuing to try and establish the facts of the child’s death, and if any malpractice is proven the persons responsible will face legal action,” Aal Shuwail said. – Okaz/SG