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Ingorokva Medical Clinic Fires a Doctor for Patient’s ‘Political Discrimination’

By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, June 13
Ingorokva University Clinic has dismissed a doctor who, according to Nino Kvitaishvili, member of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) party, “unethically” treated her.

According to the clinic director Giorgi Ingorokva, the reason for the dismissal of the doctor Murtaz Mamageishvili is a violation of medical ethical norms.

Nino Kvitaishvili explains that she was slightly injured at the rally on Rustaveli Avenue and was taken to Ingorokva clinic by an ambulance.

Kvitaishvili says the doctor-traumatologist told her she deserved to be injured, after he learnt she was the UNM party member. Kvitaishvili says the doctor refused to examine her.

The clinic administration apologized to Kvitaishvili and provided her with a necessary medical service.

The doctor was dismissed after the meeting of the Ethics Council, the members of which voted for dismissal of Mamageishvili.

The Council underlined that it is unacceptable to treat patients the way Mamageishvili treated Kvitaishvili and addressed the Ministry of Health to thoroughly study the case.

The Deputy Director of Ingorokva clinic Vasil Cheishvili says the patient feels good at present and no such facts will take place in the future.

Doctors' Regulation Council is studying the case of Murtaz Mamageishvili. If the board finds him guilty for violating the doctor’s ethics, he might be deprived of his license.

Nino Khutsishvili, the Head of the Regulation Agency Control Department states that the Council has several leverage in case of appropriate grounds, which will be used against Mamageishvili if he is found guilty.

“A written warning, suspension of the certificate for six months and the abolition of the certificate are the three types of measures usually envisaged by the legislation, "said Nino Khutsishvili.

The UNM member Nino Kvitaishvili was injured during the clashes between police and protesters, when law-enforcers started to remove protesters’ tents from Rustaveli Avenue, on June 11.