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 License to kill in South Kurdistan?

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  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author


License to kill in South Kurdistan? ‎ 31.5.2012 
By Laween Atroshi 

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Laween Atroshi, UK Health Informatician & Ambassador For Peace (UPF)
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May 31, 2012

As the heart beats faster, the patient becoming more anxious with the eyes swelling up and the room fills up with a strong odour. The odour originates from a combination of factors, one being fear of the unknown. They are offered a strong dose of cocktail medicine that is seen as the miracle cure whilst being seen alongside twenty other people. Their dignity and personal space invaded, their Kurdish personality destroyed by being made to beg to careless medics and then still treated unprofessionally.

This is the feeling that patients face in South Kurdistan. As there is no standardisation of knowledge or care, yet it will be unfair to brush the entire region with this experience but the majority certainly overrules. The medical profession, seen as a very honourable profession around the world is becoming a butcher-led money driven profession within the Kurdistan region, the lack of regulations and professional guidelines are a contributing factor. However, we must still be optimistic that we could be the lever for change by supporting the region with our skills.

The need to provide expired medicine and unreliable medicine using our Kurds as sacrificial lambs within a region that is thriving economically is unjustifiable. For professionals residing in the UK they must highlight these issues to the all member parliamentary group (APPG) on Kurdistan Region as not only do they record and feedback but are accountable to the British Public as they are the taxpayers. These groups could be levers for reform and impact policy thus must be utilised.

Data being blood stream of any healthcare system to predict, diagnose and plan is non-existent. As the world focuses on robotic tele-surgery, the region fails to grasp a system for basic electronic patient records. The issue is not the professionals lacking the capabilities of using such systems or desire to adapt to new technology, in fact far from it, as the local pool are very talented and eager to move forward. The fundamental issue is the lack of regulation and accountability, there is no chain of command or system to regulate, monitor and bar professionals for malpractice.

Naturally, no one disagrees that the region is thriving and that as Kurds we have an ambassadorial duty to protect and promote the region. However, this is done within an ethical framework and we must continue to identify the gaps and provide solutions and then hold the responsible parties accountable.

Laween Atroshi, UK Health Informatician & Ambassador For Peace (UPF). Laween Atroshi is not affiliated with any political party or organisations. Views and opinions are solely his own and do not reflect any organisation whom he has a direct or indirect affiliation with, either through employment or honorary. Laween Atroshi is a regular contributor to

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