Emergency planEmergency plan for medical errors, 25th November 2007
An emergency plan has been developed, due to the fact that the Inspectorate of Healthcare in the Netherlands refuses to examine medial errors and to help victims of medical errors. On the 7th of November 2007 the Assocations of Medical Consultants, the Hospitals and Nurses in the Netherlands have acknowledged that physicians give almost no honest information to victims of medical errors and refuse to give them adequate follow-up diagnostics and remedial medical care. These associations also acknowledged that this refusal is a criminal offence.
In a recent meeting with the Inspectorate of Healthcare it became clear that:
- this organisation refuses to examine the present medical errors
- this organisation refuses to prosecute physicians who refuse medical assistance to victims
- this organisation focuses for patient safety only on the future.
The Inspectorate of Healthcare refuses to examine criminal offences and to prosecute the perpetrators. Apparently physicians are above the law. Please be aware that it is a fact that there are thousands of medical errors per year, thousands of victims per year and the Health Inspectorate refuses to examine. Suppose the police would refuse to trace traffic perpetrators who leave victims unattended after an accident, so-called “hit and run”. This is a well-known criminal offence.
SIN-NL developed the following emergency plan:
1.Website: publication of photo’s and a black list of physicians who deliberately refuse honest information and remedial medical care to victims of medical errors, in spite of their obligation according to the Law on Agreement of Medical Treatment.
2.Proposal to add as a criminal offence in the Code of Penal Law: refusal of honest information and remedial medical care to victims of medical errors, analogue to the “hit and run”criminal offence art 7 in the Law of Traffic and implementation of Tell and Repair.
3.Request to the Council of Research of Safety:
- to examine the seriousness and quantity of medical errors
- to examine the refusal of adequate information and care to victims of medical errors
- to formulate recommendation to improve the situation.
4. Request to the Ombudsman to examine the refusal of the Inspectorate of Healthcare to inspect the structural refusal of honest information and adequate care by 5 hospitals to a victim of a medical error.
5.Add to the Law of Agreement on Medical Treatment:
*Medical records are only valid after written authorization by the patient.
*sanctions for not handing over the medical records within a reasonable period of time
*the right for patients to receive their ICD-10 Codes of their illness, as well as copies of all bills of the physicians and hospitals.
6. Installment of an Ombudsman to assist victims of medical errors, with the authority to interfere immediately at the refusal of adequate honest information and care to victims of medical errors which can cause maltreatment and manslaughter.
7.Installment of an independent Institute for victims of medical errors, function:
Registration, examination and prevention as well as arranging honest information and adequate remedial medical care
8. Parliamentary Inquiry and instalment of Truth commissions.
Sophie Hankes LL.M.
Chair SIN-NL www.sin-nl.org and IEU-Alliance www.ieu-alliance.eu