GHS lauds establishment of NGO – Advocacy for Medical Malpractice Victims

The Ghana health service (GHS) has welcomed the establishment of the Advocacy for Medical Malpractice Victims (AMMV)

The non-governmental organisation is expected to serve as  a patient ombudsman for people who suffer undue treatment from medical facilities.

The scope of the NGO cuts across advocacy for best medical practices, training of health practitioners on the patients’ charter and seeking justice for patients who report violations of their rights and injuries suffered at the hands of negligent medics.

Launching the AMMV at the Golden Tulip Kumasi City in the Ashanti regional capital, the director general of the Ghana Health Service Dr Anthony Nsia Asare underscored the need for a joint stakeholder effort at upholding ethical standards in Ghana’s health system.

He insisted, “Whether a public, private, orthodox or non orthodox facility, we all have a key role to play at minimizing medical malpractice in the country by promoting a radical reform of our approach to healthcare delivery.”

He added that investigating medical malpractice remains one of the most complex procedures as “the accounts given by the supposed victims most of the time is exaggerated and do not reflect the actual situation hence making it difficult for authorities to verify the truth or otherwise of such narratives.”

Executive Secretary of AMMV, Mr. Kwame Brobey Appiah

The Executive Secretary of AMMV, Mr. Kwame Brobey Appiah noted that though Ghana has established the patients’ charter, it will remain latent if the people are unaware of their rights and seek justice when there are needless injuries or death resulting from medical negligence.

He told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, “Every practice has set protocols so if any medical practitioner fall short of the standard of care, then we can say malpractice has occurred.”

“We realize that when people suffer malpractices, it leads to injuries and sometimes death and there is no organisation that seeks to champion the course of such malpractice victims so we took it upon ourselves to be a voice for the voiceless and get appropriate redress and justice for such people.”

The launch of the Advocacy for Medical Malpractice Victims was held under the theme “Minimising the incidence of medical malpractice the role of stake holders.”

By: Ghana/ Heathcote – Fumador