Meeting of the Medical Council Network of WHO South-East Asia Region

Health Minister with the participants from the 11 countries.

The Sixth Technical Meeting of the Medical Councils Network of the WHO South-East Asia Region (MCN-WHOSEAR (18-19 November, 2015) and the Meeting of the Executive Committee of MCN-WHOSEARO (20 November, 2015) was held in Paro, Bhutan. The meeting brought together technical experts, academicians, policy makers, and health service managers and administrators from eleven countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Honorable Health Minister, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, inaugurated the meeting. In his inaugural address, the Health Minister stressed on the crucial roles of medical doctors, as leaders of health care team, in safeguarding patient safety. He also stressed on the need to adhere to the basic principle of “do no harm” and to avoid “medical errors” by doctors to ensure patient safety.

In her message, the WHO Representative in Bhutan, Dr. Ornella Lincetto, highlighted that even in developed countries, 1 in 10 patients is harmed by medical error and negligence while receiving health care, and that such incidence is likely to be much higher in developing nations.

While the 2-day Technical Committee Meeting focused on roles of medical doctors in ensuring patient safety and deliberated on ways to further strengthen the roles of medical doctors and medical councils in countries of the South-East-Asia Region, the Executive Committee meeting reviewed the roles of medical council in health development.

The three-day meeting which concluded on 20th November, 2015 provided a forum to share knowledge, experiences, challenges and successes in patient safety among member countries.