Regional think tank planning medical liability conference in Amman

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AMMAN –– The West Asia Consultancy for Medical Liability & Research (WAC), an Istanbul-based research think tank, has announced plans to hold an international conference on medical liability in Amman in the second half of 2024.اضافة اعلان

WAC's president, Nasser Abu Rumman, a Jordanian lawyer, activist, and professor of law, said the rationale behind planning such an event is to set up a platform to unite global perspectives on medical liability.

"Our objective is to bring forward best practices and establish standards that cater to patients’ rights while acknowledging the challenges faced by medical professionals,” he told Jordan News.

WAC's mission, according to its director, is to "educate, train, and research all aspects of legal and medical liability that support and represent the delivery of quality healthcare and medicine practice in all countries in Western Asia."

They strive to develop a comprehensive strategy and elevate awareness of medical liability and legislation, aiming to foster a profound understanding of medical responsibility within West Asian countries.

Expo for Medical Tourism in IstanbulAbu Rumman found inspiration while attending the recent inaugural Expo for Medical Tourism in Istanbul, organized by the “Joint Cooperation Association for Turkish and Arab Countries (TÜRRAP)" with support from the Turkish Ministry of Commerce.

Emphasizing the significance of the Istanbul expo, he said, “Events like the recent Expo in Istanbul bridge gaps between regional and international stakeholders, creating dialogues essential for further solid cooperation and understanding between the medical and legal sectors.”

“This expo not only represents an intersection bringing together key figures in the medical and tourism sectors, but it also serves as a beacon for strengthening international ties in the field of medical liability. My participation there was a testament to our institute’s commitment to fostering such collaboration.”

He added, “Interacting with global counterparts and discussing advancements and challenges directly provides invaluable insights that transcend regular dialogues. It’s a proactive step toward a more integrated future in medical legalities and responsibilities.”

Bearing medical responsibilityIn a related development, WAC has further contributed to the field of medical law through the recent publication of a research paper titled “The Legal Basis for Contractual Physician Liability for the Actions of Others,” co-authored by Abu Rumman and Dr. Basil Fawzi Al-Tahat.

The study, published in the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, concludes that doctors, as the primary authority in medical care, bear the responsibility for the actions of their assistants, and cannot use their subordinates' mistakes as an excuse for failing to fulfil their primary obligation to ensure patient safety.

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