The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) with the Medical Chamber of North Macedonia organized a workshop on “Professional supervision and medical malpractice – concepts and differences” whose purpose is to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between the two parties.
Mishko Ivanov, a member of AJM’s Management Board, addressed this at the beginning and welcomed the initiative for this type of meeting because in this way the relationship between journalists and doctors will improve.
Irena Mulachka, a journalist who reports on health topics, spoke about research on medical errors through examples from practice over the years, where the participants had the opportunity to get to know the process of obtaining stories, research, waiting for information, seeking evidence, statements from multiple sources and finally, story post. Mulachka also spoke about the responsibility that journalists have before the public regarding stories from the area of health, especially when it comes to sensitive topics.
The president of the Chamber of Physicians, Prof. Dr. Kalina Grivcheva Stardelova, addressed the audience and spoke about the rights, obligations, and competencies of the Chamber, as well as the information regarding work procedures that can and may be shared with the public, i.e. how professional supervision takes place in the country and in European countries. Dr. Renata Stankov, director of DSZI, and prof. Dr. Aleksandar Stankov, who is the head of Forensic Medicine.
Both organizations agree that there is a need to raise the level of cooperation and communication between journalists and doctors through activities aimed at improving the position of doctors and media workers in crisis situations, and the realization of joint activities aimed at education in order to raise the quality of media reporting. related to health issues.
During the discussion, participants from both sides joined in with proposals for constructive cooperation in the future, with the aim of increasing the transparency and availability of doctors on the one hand, and on the other hand, to observe the principles of reporting by journalists, i.e. always to respect The Code of Ethics.