Doctors and pharmacists in Egypt’s largest city have been sacked amid an investigation into alleged corruption and abuse of their positions in the country’s largest pharmacy.
Egypt has faced a series of health scandals in recent years, including one that saw more than 1,400 people die from septic shock in a pharmacy in the city of Alexandria.
A doctor who had been fired from a prestigious university after allegations of plagiarism was also sacked on Thursday after being found guilty of ordering the death of a patient.
The court on Thursday sentenced the doctor, identified as Mohammed el-Qubaisi, to six years in prison for ordering the murder of a man who died from sepsis after taking medication from his pharmacy, according to the state-run MENA news agency.
A group of pharmacy workers and the president of the National Association of Pharmacy Workers filed a lawsuit against el-Erian, claiming that he ordered the death.
The man was killed on February 6, 2017 after he took medication from a pharmacy near the city’s presidential palace, the lawsuit said.
The doctor’s name has not been released.
The clinic was one of the most popular in Egypt, the countrys second-largest, and had been run by El-Erians father, who is also a doctor.
The accusations against the doctor came amid a wider corruption probe that began in July after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi launched an anti-corruption crackdown.
The health ministry says it is investigating several cases of corruption, including claims that some pharmacies were operating in a manner that was not in accordance with the law.