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Jakarta Post

Association delays sanctions for doctor over ethics violation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 9, 2018   /   06:09 pm
Association delays sanctions for doctor over ethics violation  Upholding ethics: Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) advisory board chairman Errol Hutagalung (left), the association's board of experts chairman Razak Thaha (center) and IDI chairman Ilham Oetama Marsis take a picture after a press conference in Jakarta on April 9. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has postponed the implementation of the Medical Ethics Council’s (MKEK) recommendation to suspend Maj. Gen. Terawan Agus Putranto from his position as the director of Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) and to terminate his medical practice permit over an alleged ethics violation.

“We are still verifying and gathering additional evidence regarding the recommendation,” said IDI chairman Ilham Oetama Marsis on Monday. He said the final decision would depend on additional evidence it could gather.

IDI board of experts chairman Razak Thaha said Terawan had attended an appeal hearing last Friday, during which it agreed to give the board more time to gather evidence.

As previously reported, the MKEK had recommended that the IDI central board suspend Terawan for one year and terminate his medical practice permit.

MKEK found Terawan had violated the IDI’s code of ethics by adopting and promoting a method of therapy that had not yet been clinically proven safe and effective in curing patients.

Terawan had failed to meet eight summonses the MKEK had issued since his ethical violation hearing began in 2015.

The IDI has recommended that the Health Ministry’s health technology assessment team assess Terawan’s therapy method.

Once evidence is obtained, the IDI central board will decide Terawan’s fate in the case. (dpk/kuk/ebf)