...All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
.is for good men to do nothing…
Tami Karni Head of the ethics committee of the Israel Medical Association
We know that doctors hide faults
In 2004, we wrote a paper on that subject but nothing changed since then. We know that physicians conceal information from their patients.
Telling the Truth to their patients is a cornerstone of the Patient-Physician relationship. This principle is legally binding & part of Medical Ethics
regulations. The physician must provide the patient complete disclosure.
I have heard now for the first time the story of Dr Milgalter.
Aviva Milgalter: But Dr Milgalter alerted the IMA. Yet, nothing was a done. Unfortunately, the physician has no where to go !
Tami Karni: The reason that prevents many physicians from telling the truth is the Fear that it would be used against them.
There is also fear from violence against the physician.
The first casualty resulting from hiding the truth is the patient and the family. The 2nd victim is the physician due to shame, recovery,… and often
the physician will retire !
We proposed to the Knesset again and again the Apology Law. It is an amendment to the evidence ordinance so that whatever a physician said
can not serve as evidence against him.
Leaving the patient without knowledge of what happened or regarding the illness can lead to a terrible loneliness of the patient feeling lost.
In the US in States that adopted the Apology law there is compensation to the patient for the damage caused without proof of negligence.
Excerpt of Protocol