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Gynaecologist not liable for Down syndrome birth

By Daily News Published on Friday, 23 July 2021
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law
For eight years, a Johannesburg gynaecologist faced a multimillion-rand claim after one of his patients gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome.

Hospital sued over patient's bedsore

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 03 March 2021
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
The family of an Eersterust woman have taken legal action against Steve Biko Academic Hospital after their mother was allegedly left with a rotting bedsore on her backside, said to be more than 5cm wide.

Law firms paying bribes to jump RAF queue

By Daily News Published on Monday, 28 September 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
Three employees of the Road Accident Fund have been suspended for alleged involvement in corrupt activities regarding claims. And, according to a report in The Sunday Independent, four more employees are in line to be suspended for similar transgressions.

Sympathy but no payout for parents who lost son

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
The SCA has ruled against Andre and Sharon McGregor, who have fought a long struggle for damages since their lives took an unexpected turn on the night of 23 August 2011 when their son (6) suffered head injuries.

Bobroffs' legal secretary jailed for fraud

By Daily News Published on Monday, 20 July 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Malpractice Law
Zenobia Venter, once a legal secretary in the practice of fugitive attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff, has been jailed on 205 counts of fraud and theft and has begun serving a seven-year sentence at Pretoria Central Prison.

Mother who lost twins threatens to sue hospital

By Daily News Published on Monday, 03 February 2020
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
A mother who gave birth to twins prematurely at the Tembisa Hospital in October last year is convinced her babies died from an infection caused by the klebsiella bacterium and has accused medical staff of negligence, says a report in The Sunday Independent.

Doctors raise concerns over medical negligence arrests

By Daily News Published on Monday, 13 January 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Health Care & Social #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
Following the arrest and court appearance of two Johannesburg doctors – paediatric surgeon Peter Beale (73) and anaesthetist Abdulhay Munshi (56) – who were accused of medical negligence – some doctors are having second thoughts about performing intricate, lifesaving surgical procedures.

‘But-for’ causation test a step too far ...

There is a worrying trend of systematic medical negligence in our hospitals. In AN v MEC for Health, Eastern Cape, the SCA recently remarked that ‘far too often this court is confronted with serious and serial negligence’ in hospitals … it is clear that studied neglect of standards has become pervasive in many such hospitals. 'Those reliant upon their services are receiving substandard care’.

Gauteng Health facing R1.1bn in claims

By Daily News Published on Monday, 08 July 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law
The Gauteng Health Department is in trouble after several service providers, mostly law firms, withdrew from defending lawsuits arising from alleged medical negligence. The department faces R1.1bn in claims. City Press says it has established that the department has been bombarded with claims from lawyers, doctors and other specialists, whose invoices remained unpaid.

Doctor succeeds in drawn-out malpractice suit

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
North West surgeon Samuel Smith has won a lengthy court battle against a patient who accused him of negligence, in what a Times Select report describes as an important case for the medical fraternity that is grappling rising malpractice claims.

Alleged bogus lawyer nabbed in court

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Tags: #Criminal Law #General Legal Practice #Malpractice Law
A 47-year-old man who has allegedly been fraudulently practising as a lawyer for several years has finally been arrested, the Hawks revealed yesterday, according to a TimesLIVE report.

Basson scores another success against HPCSA

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law
The Health Professions Council (HPCSA) has suffered yet another defeat in its protracted battles with Dr Wouter Basson, according to Rapport. The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) dismissed the HPCSA’s application for leave to appeal a judgment ordering the recusal of two tribunal members who found him guilty of unethical conduct during the apartheid era in December 2013.

Test case for standards at public hospitals

By Daily News Published on Monday, 08 April 2019
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
A matter due to come before the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) this month represents a test case for Health Department claims that public hospitals are as good as private ones, notes Daily News. Mbali Nzimande, whose five-year-old daughter was born with cerebral palsy, secured costly professional help after she won a legal battle against the KZN Health Department in June last year.

Reprieve for surgeon who watched sport during operation

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 04 April 2019
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law
A finding by the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) that a Port Elizabeth heart surgeon should be allowed to work only under supervision after he watched sport on TV during surgery has been set aside by the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth), according to a report in The Herald.

R27m payment to law firm under scrutiny

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries has paid a law firm more than R27m for legal services that it could have obtained for free from the Office of the State Attorney. The details about the department’s contract with B Xulu and Partners Incorporated are contained in a raft of fraud, theft, mismanagement of funds and abuse of power charges against the department’s deputy DG, Siphokazi Ndudane.

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