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Israeli doctors angry at change to complaints' procedures

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:592
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Responsibility for investigating Israelis' complaints against doctors will be shifted from committees appointed by the health ministry to a special justice ministry panel, Israel's new health minister, Roni Milo, announced less than three weeks after he took office.

    Mr Milo, a lawyer by training, did not consult with officials in the Israel Medical Association before making his decision, and informed the justice minister only 10 minutes before his announcement.

    The new panel will not only investigate complaints but will also decide if a doctor has been negligent and whether he or she should be punished.

    Until now, the health minister has had the sole responsibility for deciding the professional fate of doctors accused …

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