Egypt: Protecting Healthcare Workers in Workplace

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Mohamed Elsherif

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Violence against healthcare workers is a worldwide problem that is affecting most countries including Egypt (McPhaul & Lipscomb, 2004). During the last decade, the problem became more obvious as part of the general deterioration of security services (Sulaiman, 2019).  There was extensive media coverage of cases of physical violence and assaults against Egyptian doctors. Nurses are also subject to different types of violence: verbal, physical and sexual, but those incidents usually receive fewer media coverage than those of the doctors. It is not unusual to read in the news or in the social media about doctors who were beaten or injured by the patients or their relatives. In May 2018, a physician in Sahel Teaching Hospital was beaten by a patient relative and had a fractured nose (Ghaly, 2018). In January 2016, two physicians got assaulted by two policemen as one physician rejected their request to write a fabricated medical report (Sulaiman, 2018), an incident that led to escalation by the Egyptian Doctors Syndicate and protesting of thousands of physicians. What makes the issue worse is that physicians are subject to violence not only from the patients and their relatives but also from official officers as in the previous example which is not the only incident of its type (BBC News Arabic, 2016).

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