Focus on... the Cayman Islands
Medicolegal issues take many shapes and forms. Casebook recently caught up with Lizzette Yearwood, the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Services Authority in the Cayman Islands, and Andria Dilbert, Director of Corporate Services at the organisation, to address some of the most topical issues
Many of the challenges in modern healthcare seem to be in the face of damaging “rises” – in the number of clinical negligence claims, the cost of healthcare, and patient expectations. But while these challenges are becoming globally ubiquitous, the nature of the response is often unique.
Lizzette Yearwood has been CEO of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) since 2009 and has dedicated her time to tackling risk management and reducing the likelihood of doctors facing litigation.
Eyes and ears
“Early intervention is the key for us,” says Mrs Yearwood. “As well as monitoring risk management on a departmental level – I chair a quarterly risk management committee, at which we monitor and discuss untoward events reported via the incident reporting and patient services programs.