Mediation could help in medical disputes

Just as how couples in certain divorce cases have to go through mandatory mediation before appearing before the judge, a system of mandatory mediation should be introduced for such medical cases as well.
Just as how couples in certain divorce cases have to go through mandatory mediation before appearing before the judge, a system of mandatory mediation should be introduced for such medical cases as well.PHOTO: ST FILE

A stiff fine administered usually sends a signal to others in the community not to repeat that same mistake, and will hopefully result in a decrease in the number of offences of a similar nature (Let's be fair to doctors who make honest mistakes, March 13).

However, a stiff fine for an honest mistake not of an egregious nature by a doctor will send a signal to doctors to practice defensive medicine, which, ultimately, would add to the cost of healthcare.

It is a form of retributive justice, far from the results of reparative justice that a patient might want to see.

Just as how couples in certain divorce cases have to go through mandatory mediation before appearing before the judge, a system of mandatory mediation should be introduced for such medical cases as well.

As an accredited mediator who has mediated a number of medical cases before, I can say that with mediation, because the patient is involved in the process itself, it is easier for the patient to find closure and achieve a form of reparative justice if required, and if indeed there was an honest mistake.

Ronald Paul Ng (Dr)