The Health Professional Council of South Africa has recorded a constant increase in medical malpractice claims in the country every year. However, this increase can be prevented by practitioners by constantly considering what is known as the six Cs: consent, competence, compassion, consultation, communication and clinical records.
In order to save the Court time and to clarify medical issues at hand, experts come together to compile a report otherwise known as a “joint minute”. These reports consist of the issues agreed between the experts, resulting in a speedier resolution of the matter
Great care must be taken in compiling a Joint Minute. The Minute is used as evidence and is interpreted by the Courts. An expert has the duty to not tailor his/her medical opinion in order to suit a particular party. Furthermore, the medical practitioner has a duty to provide honest, substantiated expert views on matters that relate to their field of expertise.
Friday 22 August 2014
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