By Chisomo Phiri
Eight medical practitioners and four private hospitals have on Monday received disciplinary actions for allegedly committing various offences in their operations.
The offenses include medical negligence, non-adherence to referral protocol and failure to profile patients adequately.
According to the Medical Council of Malawi(MCM) registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Davie Zolowere, this is in line with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act number 17 of 1987.
The practitioners include Dr Enerlin Maranan Istwing and Geoffrey Mwalabu, among others, while the affected hospitals are Blantyre Adventist Hospital, Mwaiwathu Private Hospital, Lilongwe Adventist Hospital and Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Kapiri Community Hospital.
Zolowere discloses that out of 13 cases heard during this hearing, 3 had no guilty verdicts, 8 (61%) had while one was referred to the Nurses and Midwives Council, and another one was referred to the Labor court.
It is reported that this year alone, the MCM has concluded 31 disciplinary cases.