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ETHICS COMMITTEE

1. Purpose

 

An ethics committee is to protect the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of the patients and professional staff facilitating the discussion and resolution of ethical issues arising in patient care and professional staff at Hospitals.

 

DEFINITION: Ethics are moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior or the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.

2. Organization and composition

2.1. Organization

The members of the Hospital Ethics Committee come from a wide variety of medical and nonmedical fields within the hospital. The Hospital Ethics Committee is advisory to the Hospital Health committee and a resource for Hospital administration, professional Staff, patients/clients and their next of kin who are concerned about the ethical issues.

 

2.2. Ethics Committee Members

  1. Doctor:1

  2. Nurse:1

  3. Pharmacist: 1

  4. Mid Wife: 1

  5. Anesthesiologist: 1

  6. Customer care: 1

  7. HMS representative:1

     

NB: The Doctor shall be the chairman of the committee and the Co-Chair, Secretary and Timekeeper will be voted among committee members

 

3. Responsibilities

  1.  

  • To oversee District Hospital of staff to patient rights charter

  • To consider and make recommendations to the Hospital administration on professional and work related ethical issues in relation to health care

  •  To provide independent report on ethical problems that may arise in any aspect of the Hospital

  • Promote management decision making at all levels in accordance with ethical code of conduct, ethical principles, values and  practices 

  • Have a direct professional responsibility to review research subjects/proposals to ensure they are in accordance with ethics fundamental principles, values and relevant codes.

  •  Ensure that there is regular evaluation of the ethics of ongoing research that have received a positive decision

  • Responsible for acting in the full interest of potential research participants and concerned communities, taking into account the interests and needs of researchers and research subjects and having due regard for the requirements of relevant regulatory authorities and applicable laws.

  • To ensure implementation and respect of codes of conducts, policies, procedures, guidelines and recommendations.

  • To educate staff regarding biomedical ethics.

 

4. Meeting

 

  • The Committee shall conduct quarterly meeting, unless in case of emergency consultation.

  • The Meetings shall be conducted when 3/4 of members are present.

5. Reporting

  • The committee shall submit a report on ethical issues with advices and recommendation of its activities to the Quality improvement committee,