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DOHA: The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the country’s sole public sector entity providing tertiary heath care has come under fire, with complaints pouring in from citizens and residents about repeated medical errors at its hospitals.
The grievances being aired through the country’s official media over the past few days have prompted several leading Qatari writers and columnists to call for more transparency and immediate action from the HMC authorities.
A popular programme on the Qatar Radio named Watanee Al Habeeb- Sabah Al Khair ( Good Morning My Beloved Country) yesterday and last week saw a number of citizens calling in to narrate their harrowing experiences with doctors at HMC. Some callers wept publicly while narrating their stories. The complaints mostly centered around wrong diagnosis and the long waiting time for appointments at the HMC hospitals.
A caller who introduced himself as Abu Hamad said that his daughter had a fall at home and she underwent treatment at Hamad General Hospital. Again she fell at the school and was taken to the hospital for a second time.
The doctors there promised to call back to give an “urgent appointment”
“They called after three or four days and informed that the appointment will be on February 27 next year,” said Abu Hamad.Another caller-Abu Ahmed- said he went to the HMC with his 15 year old daughter suffering from pain. Since last June until October she was undergoing several medical examinations and finally the doctors told him she was suffering from rabies. Later, he took her abroad and discovered that she had cancer and she underwent an operation.