CAIRO - 17 August 2023: The Egyptian Medical Liability bill is one of the important draft laws expected to be discussed and approved in the fourth session of the parliament, which is scheduled to be held on the first of next October, with the aim of regulating the relationship between the doctor and the patient, as well as the medical authority.
The medical liability bill received many discussion sessions within the specialized committees of the House of Representatives, led by the Health Committee headed by Dr. Ashraf Hatem, the presenter of the draft law, inviting the specialized medical unions to discuss the draft articles, with the aim of reaching clear legal formulations that guarantee the rights of the doctor and the patient.
Regulating relationship between patients and doctors
Dr. Ashraf Hatem, head of the Parliament's Health Committee, explained that the medical liability bill is one of the important bills, and it is expected to be issued soon to improve the work environment, in his statements to Al-Watan newspaper. He further pointed out that the bill includes a penalty for assaulting the medical team and medical facilities, and it also includes the establishment of a fund to compensate for damages resulting from medical errors, bearing the value of compensation imposed on the doctors.
Penalty for violating the medical liability law
According to the draft medical liability law, violating this law entails a number of penalties, including imprisonment and a fine of not less than 50,000 pounds and not more than 200,000 pounds, or one of the two penalties, for anyone who assaults a service provider during or because of its performance.
Imprisonment of a period of not less than 5 years and a fine of not less than 200 thousand pounds and not exceeding one million pounds, will be imposed in case assaulting the service provider resulted in physical harm.