Three personnel at the Kafr Al-Dawar Hospital, in the Beheira Governorate, were suspended Monday by the Ministry of Health after a pregnant woman was refused service at the hospital.
The refusal to treat her led to her giving birth outside the hospital entrance.
According to a Ministry statement, the director of the hospital, a resident doctor, and a gynaecologist have been suspended. The three medical personnel are under investigation as the ministry looks for evidence of wrongdoing in the case.
The statement added that Health Minister Adel Adawi ordered the investigation “as soon as he found out about the incident”, deciding to refer the case to administrative prosecution.
“The result [of the investigation] will be published immediately after its completion,” the statement read. The statement emphasised that the ministry would “never allow” any of its personnel to fail in their role as caregivers, especially in emergency cases.
The suspensions are significant as the hospital director also serves as the head of the gynaecology department. The ministry’s response was rapid after pictures of the incident spread on social media, provoking outrage from viewers.