Medical association forms ethics committee

The committee includes the membership of a number of prominent doctors in Jordan, in addition to a professor in Islamic jurisprudence. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The Jordan Medical Association (JMA) on Saturday formed the Medical Ethics Committee, to be chaired by senior consultant in forensic medicine Mumen Hadidi, to serve as an advisory body on ethical issues related to the profession and which require the opinion of specialists from multiple specializations.اضافة اعلان

"Previously, a committee named ‘National Committee for Medical Ethics’ was formed under the Higher Health Council, but with the recent abolishment of the council, the JMA decided to reactivate the functions of the ethical committee,” said Hadidi, stressing the urgent necessity of forming the committee to ensure doctors’ commitment to medical ethics, and to regulate medical negligence claims, particularly after the recent enactment of the Medical and Health Liability Law No. 25 of 2018. 

Hadidi said that ethical violations must be reviewed and disallowed to prevent health complications. Unspecialized consultations, lack of controls on certain practices, and procedures, not respecting confidentiality were some of the common malpractices that he said had stipulated the move, more worrisome of which is “the immoral failure to provide COVID-19 vaccine to prisoners.”

The committee includes the membership of a number of prominent doctors in Jordan, selected on the basis of their competence, professional reputation, and specialization including internal medicine, hematology, stem cells, radiology, psychiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics.  In addition to the physicians, the committee includes the membership of a professor in Islamic jurisprudence.

Mohammad Rasoul Al-Tarawneh, JMA acting president told Jordan News that any health institution needs a committee to look into issues on which a clear opinion has not been reached, and these issues are primarily related to the professional ethics, behaviors, and practices.

He said the committee will look into matters referred to it by the JMA to offer a scientific and legal opinion,” giving examples of emerging cases related to embryos, abortion, organ transplant, sex transfer, and other issues that require a decisive opinion.

Professionals seemed to support the decision to form the committee. Dr. Ahmed Khasawneh, a dermatologist, said that there has always been a need for a committee capable of providing scientific and legal consultations, “bearing in mind, that despite the development of medical sciences, there are always issues that need research and decisive stands, in addition to being culturally sensitive.”

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