COVID-19: Medicolegal dilemmas

The use of telemedicine has been advocated as one of the ways of delivering healthcare during the crisis. At the time of writing, HPCSA had issued updated guidance on the application of telemedicine during the

Covid-19: Telemedicine offers healthcare solutions

Although telemedicine technologies may be useful in these uncertain times – there are, however, limits as to what kinds of healthcare services may sensibly be provided in this way – there are also important ethical

Record keeping and the value of the mundane

And whether that negligence was the cause of the death of the patient. The cause of death was unknown but it was accepted that the mechanism of death was vomiting and subsequent aspiration. No patho-anatomical

Policy sparks a new approach to medical malpractice cover

It is underwritten by South African-based Safire Insurance Company and reinsured by Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers. “We are pleased to be the first Med-Mal insurer in South Africa to have received

What if your patient is a doctor?

The patient was brought to hospital by a friend after a fall and head injury. At the time she was clearly intoxicated and she disclosed to the casualty doctor that she had previously been addicted

Some lessons (and comfort) for obstetricians and gynaecologists

Shoulder dystocia had occurred. The daughter was very large at birth, weighing 4.68kg and, on the probabilities that was the cause of the shoulder dystocia. The doctor had performed a manoeuvre to release the shoulder. The

Doctors and culpable homicide

That court said: “In order to make a doctor criminally liable or responsible for the death of a patient, it must be established that there was negligence or incompetence on the doctor’s part which went

Till debt do us part

There has been an exponential increase in non-paying clients in all business segments of South Africa. The current economic climate, combined with the high unemployment rate, is most likely to blame. Unfortunately, we have no

How to respond to online criticism from a patient

ENSURE YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT YOU Many doctors have already realised that online reviews of their care provide a range of powerful benefits for both their patients and themselves. Once you have

POPI 101

“You phone your bank and tell them to stop the card. So, the criminals don’t get very far with your credit card. With your healthcare information it can be years before you know they’ve got