Doctors Syndicate sues Health Min. for violating court ruling
Members of Doctors' Syndicate standing outside the headquarters of the syndicate Friday, Feb.12 ,2016, protesting police violence against Matariya Hospital. Photo by Khaled Kamel/Youm7

CAIRO: Health Minister Ahmed Emad el-Din had recently issued a ruling to not require a doctor’s supervision when receiving physical therapy, in violation to a ruling by the High Administrative court, syndicate member Khaled Samir told Youm7.

Samir cited the court ruling that said allowing non-doctors to practice physical therapy without the coordination of treating physicians is “not in favor of the patient…there should be constant and close cooperation and coordination to follow-up on the patient’s status.”

Despite syndicate calls to dismiss him, El-Din kept his position after Wednesday’s Cabinet reshuffle that included 10 new ministers.

For the Cabinet, El-Din has had a “comprehensive vision for improving the health system during the past 6 months,” according to Spokesperson Hossam Qawish citing the reasons to Mehwar TV Channel Wednesday.

While for the syndicate, the decision to keep the minister in his post was seen as a “negative message,” according to Syndicate Undersecretary Mona Mina, who said that a general assembly will he held Friday to discuss preventing the “destructive” decisions by the minister, as quoted by Youm7.

Mina noted that the minister took “strange” decisions like halting a long cooperation between the ministry’s employees and the syndicate in work licensing procedures, Youm7 reported.

The dispute between the syndicate and the Health Minister erupted after 9 policemen physically assaulted doctors on duty in January, triggering calls to dismiss the minister over “inaction” in protecting the doctors.

During its last urgent meeting, the syndicate called for end to “police impunity” after only one police officer was arrested over the incident. Among its decisions, the syndicate called to refer the Health Minister to disciplinary investigations, and provide medical service at all public hospitals for free as a right should be granted to patients.


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