Obstetric and Medico-Legal Challenges Posed by Sudden Immigrant Shift in a Southern Mediterranean Island
George Gregory Buttigieg*
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, Malta
- *Corresponding Author:
- George Gregory Buttigieg
Faculty of Medicine, Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecological Surgeon
Consulting Medico-Legal Physician
Department of Medicine and Surgery
University of Malta
Tel: +356 2340 1102
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 16, 2017; Accepted date: July 20, 2017; Published date: July 27, 2017
Citation: Buttigieg GG (2017) Obstetric and Medico-Legal Challenges Posed by Sudden Immigrant Shift in a Southern Mediterranean Island. Anthropol 5: 185. doi:10.4172/2332-0915.1000185
Copyright: © 2017 Buttigieg GG. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The article examines some of the obstetric management problems and medico-legal implications encountered in Malta, a small island located between North Africa and Italy. The obstetric national service is one of European standards but problems do arise, at times in conveying optimal service to the patient for a number of reasons, including language and multi-faceted socio-cultural barriers These barriers, may set up obstacles, the effects of which may be gleaned from the study of similar or quasi-similar ethnic groups in countries with long experience of immigrants, be they regular or irregular. The problems encountered by the sub-Saharan pregnant female are referred to in particular. A number of the obstetric management challenges are also examined from possible current or future medico-legal involvement. The problem of Court ordered caesarean section is looked at a little closer, vis- à-vis constitutional rights in Malta and other countries.