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A doctor’s duty

The Medical Protection Society’s recent Ethics for All conference examined the tightrope that doctors have to tread in navigating the ethical, legal and moral hazards of everyday practice. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services (Africa), now examines the concept of care. Patients have a right to expect that they will be safe in your […]

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Practice Management: Retention of medical records

Keeping good medical records is a prerequisite of delivering high-quality, evidence-based healthcare. Equally important is ensuring that records are stored appropriately – it is a doctor’s professional duty to keep sensitive personal data secure, says Sarah Whitehouse from the Medical Protection Society. Many doctors are unaware of how to manage medical records and do not […]

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Focus on fraud and litigation prevention at GGPF conference

Refrain from committing fraud and stay out of trouble by communicating properly with your patients. These two warnings were sounded at the Gauteng General Practitioners’ Forum’s first CPD conference held at Gallagher Estate last month. Addressing a record crowd of close to 300 GPs, Prof Morgan Chetty, CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Managed Care Coalition said […]

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Resource issues: challenging times for doctors

In a tough economic climate, healthcare resources and medical expertise have to stretch much further, increasing the medicolegal risk for private doctors, writes Sarah Whitehouse from the Medical Protection Society (MPS) It is undeniable that unemployment reduces wellbeing. Pro Sano Medical Scheme has noted a significant increase in serious ailments requiring hospitalisation. Examples include cardiovascular […]

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Litigation: a Killer Epidemic with no Cure?

Concerns are mounting that medical professionals in SA, particularly those in high-risk specialties, could soon be unable to access malpractice indemnity cover as the cost of medical litigation in the country continues to spiral out of control. Last month, UK-based insurer, Lloyd’s, stopped providing indemnity cover for local obstetricians because of escalating costs relating to […]

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Doctors Should Lead by Example

Dr Stephanie Bown, director of Policy and Communications at the Medical Protection Society (MPS), explores the importance of leadership in healthcare, and looks at how healthcare practitioners could be putting themselves at risk by not getting involved. Throughout medical school, students work hard to equip themselves with all the knowledge and skills they need to become […]

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Ethics Seminar Draws Record Number of Health Practitioners

More than 1500 healthcare professionals descended on the Mother City at the end of November last year to attend the Medical Protection Society’s (MPS) annual one-day ‘Ethics 4 All’ seminar – described as the biggest event of its kind in Southern Africa. This year’s presentations focused on the history of medical negligence, the causes and […]

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Medical Litigation: A National Health Crisis Requiring Urgent Solutions

Mounting concerns over the dramatic rise in medical litigation in SA and the impact it is having on the sustainability of the country’s health system as a whole has spurred the medical fraternity and other interested parties into action to investigate measures that could avert a looming disaster. They are now suggesting government considers tort […]

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Motsoaledi Wages War against Lawyers

Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an all-out attack on the high cost of medical litigation in the country, accusing lawyers of ‘unmercifully’ targeting doctors to make up for the income they lost when legislation stopped them from further exploiting the Road Accident Fund (RAF). Although conceding that quality problems in the public sector have […]

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