RNP, prosecution and medical council sign MoU
Rwanda National Police (RNP), National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) and the Rwanda Medical and Dental Council (RMDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their jointness in various fields of investigations to ensure fair justice.
The agreement was signed on March 10 at the RNP headquarters in Kacyiru between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza and Prof. Emile Rwamasirabo, the chairman of RMDC.
â€‹The partnership which underscores the core values of high standards of professionalism, integrity, impartiality and accountability, will see the three entities jointly working together on a daily basis as â€œorgans that share the responsibility to guard and protect the populationâ€™s safety.â€
The agreement also highlights timely exchange of information and sharing expertise and experience in the development of investigative methodologies related to medical malpractice.
Speaking at the signing, IGP Gasana described it as a â€œsignificant stepâ€ in strengthening the justice sector by putting varied expertise together to ensure â€œreliability and effectiveness in investigations.â€
â€‹â€œOur role as police is to fight, prevent and investigate crimes with the ultimate goal of guarding and protecting the people, which is also the responsibility of prosecution and medical practitioners,â€ the Police Chief said.
â€œThe most important part of this partnership is not just signing but implementation; Rwanda encourages Government-to-Government and Government-to-Private cooperation and collaboration, and all these contribute to quality and timely services, transparency and fair justice which we have set out to do,â€ he added.
Investigations requires skills and knowledge in all spheres, which the â€œthree organs have separately but imperative to share.â€
He pledged the RNP commitment to ensure that the agreement becomes one of the pillars of justice in Rwanda.
â€‹Prosecutor General Muhumuza welcomed the formalized partnership adding that it will facilitate easy information flow and evidence-based judicial proceedings.
“The MoU provides an effective framework for the three institutions to share valid, relevant and credible information in a timely manner that will subsequently facilitate investigation and successful prosecution where necessary,” Muhumuza said.
In an interview, Prof. Rwamasirabo emphasized that the â€œMoU sets up a platform that allows these three institutions work together in a transparent manner to ensure that protection of public safety is maintained.â€
â€œMedical practice is a very delicate task and itâ€™s quite frequent that patients complain of malpractices, and investigations in such malpractices require skills within the medical profession to understand what the issues are, and skills within the investigating agencies of the government to know exactly what happened,â€ said Prof. Rwamasirabo.
He added: â€œWe need all these skills combined together to understand better how the patient can be protected and at the same time make sure that the professionals are not unfairly treated as well. So, this is a very important MoU and we hope other councils such as the nursing and midwives, the Allied Professionals and the pharmacy councils will also come on board to strengthen its purpose.â€
Under this agreement, medical malpractice or negligence can be failure or deviation from medical professional duty of care including failure to exercise an accepted standard of care in medical professional skills, knowledge and attitude resulting in injury, damage or loss.