Medical error and negligence in Sudan

Friday 11th March 2022 (18:00-20:00 UK Time)

The World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) in partnership with the Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), Sudan Knowledge (SK) is pleased to host an International Online Webinar on “Medical error and negligence in Sudan: the way forward“.

Sudan health system has suffered immensely from corruption, poor governance and lack of leadership. The recent uprising and the Corona virus pandemic have put the Sudanese health system on the verge of a crisis. One could argue that the underlying problems with healthcare is a function of political instability. Nevertheless, urgent reforms are needed in order to save lives — it is as high a priority as peace making and state rebuilding.

In this discussion, we aim to identify the potential causes of medical error and what could be done when things go wrong. The focus of our programme is Sudan ‘case study’ because, besides the geopolitics, it’s unique in that it started from an alright place and went downhill. We aim to put the case forward and brainstorm to see how we, collectively could implement change.

The webinar brings together senior and high level intellectual and practice-based contributors from Sudan and the United Kingdom.

Target audience: general public (doctors & med students will self-select).

Event format: short presentations, roundtable discussion and audience Q&A.

Outcome: public awareness and recommendations for stakeholders.

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Due to lack of transparency and poor record keeping, the actual statistics on medical error are either unavailable or inaccurate. However, the anecdotal evidence is compelling. So many cases of death and serious harm are reported on social media almost on a daily basis. The relationship between doctors/ medical personnel and the public has been damaged and trust dwindled, which led to increased incidents of violence against medical personnel, specially doctors. Indeed, in 2020 the Medical Council and Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors called for new laws to protect doctors. The 2020 Law on protection of doctors, medical personnel and premises was fast tracked as doctors threatened a strike amidst the Covid -19 pandemic.

Of course any prospect of improvement requires effective interplay between the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan Medical Council and the Ministry of Higher Education. SMC is an independent body which has its own legislations to regulate and monitor the delivery of healthcare and medical education. It’s one of the oldest in the region and has international connections with The U.K.’s GMC & The WHO. In fact all its guidance on good medical practice is virtually a copy of the GMC’s guidance, which begs the question why is it medical practice doesn’t reflect the recommendations of the SMC? Why is it so inhuman and malfunctioning? What prevents the general public from engaging with the SMC? What can the SMC do to improve the situation?

Understanding the problem of medical errors /adverse events and the way forward
Care and Accountability and Systems Strengthening
Analysis of the current situation and the way forward
Dr. Hagir Abbasher Sulieman
Consultant of Medicine and ICU, Convenor of Adult ICU Board at SMSB and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan