morphine vialAn American physician, Dr Holly Arafat, had accused the management of King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh of negligence and lack of control over drug dispensing. This carelessness has allegedly empowered Arab nurses to act like the mafia and sell morphine.

Despite the doctor’s repeated complaints to the director of the hospital, no action has been taken, reported Akhbaar24. Dr Holly had also complained about the hospital to the Labor office. Furthermore, Dr Holly was fired from her job when she attempted to directly contact the hospitals’ director for this issue.

Morphine, a narcotic pain reliever, is used at the hospital to treat cancer in children. However stealing it and distributing it irresponsibly have caused death in some children.

The Director of King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Qasim Al-Qasbi has denied terminating Dr Holly’s from the hospital. He said that her contract had expired; he added that she was a troublemaker. He denied the narcotics theft issue that the doctor had complained about, adding that narcotics and other medicines are dispensed very strictly and accurately, by employing fingerprinting technology. Nurses record their fingerprint when they handle the medicine. However, the fact remains that whether the complete dosage is given to patients is difficult to prove.