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Is Doctor-Assisted Suicide now legal in SA?

The judgment in the controversial Stransham-Ford case has prompted questions about whether doctor assisted suicide is now legal in SA. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services, Africa at Medical Protection, looks at the case in more detail, and explains what the judgment means for doctors. The Case Mr Stransham-Ford, a lawyer who was terminally […]

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Patient expectations vs reality

Dr Graham Howarth, MPS Head of Medical Services (Africa) and former Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Pretoria, recently presented at the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) Congress. Here, he shares thoughts from his presentation on how to manage the gap between patient expectations and reality. […]

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Inside a clinical negligence claim

 Receiving a claim for clinical negligence is a daunting prospect; unfortunately for those working in medicine, it is also increasingly likely. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services in Africa at the Medical Protection Society takes you step-by-step through the process. Although most doctors will avoid claims for clinical negligence during their careers, the possibility […]

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Managing challenging interactions with patients

By Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services in Africa at the Medical Protection Society (MPS) Doctors work under considerable pressure, and can feel pushed to their limit when a difficult patient is encountered. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services in Africa at the MPS, says understanding the reasons behind these challenging interactions is […]

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Doctors: Reduce your risk

As a doctor, you will be used to the idea that if you make an error, you can be held liable for your mistake, or lack of care or skill. However, you may be less aware of how your employed staff can affect your risk. Dr Graham Howarth of the Medical Protection Society (MPS) considers how […]

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Practice Management: Unprofessional practice

A doctor’s conduct at all times must justify patients’ and the public’s trust in the profession. Sara Williams explores the importance of professionalism. ‘Professionalism’ extends far beyond the mere exercise of skill; indeed, it extends beyond the workplace and into one’s private life. A medical professional is expected, by his/her colleagues and society, to be a person […]

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Practice Management: Passing the baton

Good handovers provide continuous care and can help to avoid errors. Whether you work in a state hospital or just in private practice, the same best practice principles apply when transferring patients to the care of another doctor, says Sara Williams of the Medical Protection Society (MPS) When handing a patient over to another doctor […]

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Practice Management: The fight against fraud

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) is seeing more and more doctors face accusations of fraud when it comes to interacting with medical schemes. Charlotte Hudson explores what is happening KPMG’s Medical Schemes Anti Fraud Survey, published in 2012, reveals that service provider fraud is on the increase, with ‘code manipulation’ being the most common type investigated, followed […]

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Professional Boundaries in the Doctor-patient Relationship

Gareth Gillespie of the Medical Protection Society (MPS) looks at the importance of maintaining professional boundaries within the doctor-patient relationship. The festive season is almost upon us and, for those who celebrate Christmas, it is a time for peace on earth and goodwill to all men. While this goodwill may not be replicated among all […]

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When a Complaint is Lodged against You at the HPCSA: What to Expect

Being presented with a complaint can be a disheartening and nerve-racking experience for a doctor. Having expert advice on hand can help put you at ease, explained Charlotte Hudson of the MPS. In March this year, the HPCSA revealed that it had received more than 10 000 complaints against medical practitioners in the last four […]

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