Petition Launched Calling for Negligent Medical Practitioners to be Held Accountable

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Monday 19th November, 2018-A petition is being circulated on social media by the family of the late Esme Stevens who are demanding the authorities institute a disciplinary committee to deal with negligent members of the medical fraternity.

The petition on chanhe.org is seeking signatures, under the heading “Quality health care in Antigua.”

According to the statement, the petition drive “was created by the family of Esme Stevens who claim she unnecessarily lost her life on September 11, 2018, as a result of a routine medical procedure gone wrong at the hands of a licensed and experienced medical practitioner in Antigua and Barbuda.”

The family contends “the doctor’s failure to act as any ‘experienced’ doctor would in this situation, significantly altered the outcome of the routine procedure and can only be considered as gross medical negligence or mal-practise.”

“This petition calls for licensed medical practitioners in Antigua and Barbuda, to be held accountable for their actions. It notes the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s ‘Medical Practitioners Act of 2009’ and the section that speaks of the formation of a Disciplinary Committee to investigate and punish any wrong doings on the part of medical practitioners in the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda.”

“To date however, 9 years after its proclamation, this very important aspect of the act is yet to be implemented.

“This petition seeks support from all interest groups and individuals hoping to bring about the long overdue Disciplinary Committee, and the restoration of faith in the medical fraternity in Antigua and Barbuda.

This petition also seeks to bring about quality healthcare in Antigua and Barbuda.”

As of this evening, the petitioned has garnered 1, 147 signatures.