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Will medical negligence cases spike post Covid-19?

South African courts already see a large number of medical malpractice/negligence cases every day. Now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, our already stretched health system is at capacity...

By Mthokozisi Maphumulo 17 Sep 2020

VUT establishes new law clinic

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has succeeded in implementing an uplifting and exciting initiative - a law clinic situated at the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (VUT SGSTP) in Sebokeng...

By Nontobeko Zondi, Issued by Vaal University of Technology 19 Aug 2020

Effective healthcare in SA faces new set of obstacles

Recent legal actions against practising medical professionals may deter new entrants and cause experienced practitioners to retire, which has dire consequences for effective healthcare delivery in SA...

By Merlita Kennedy, Victoria Campos and Jared Ishmael 3 Aug 2020

Medical malpractice and culpable homicide - the cost of a mistake

There is overwhelming pride and joy in graduating with a medical degree. There are also many challenges for an aspiring doctor, and one of which is understanding the legal implications of professional negligence...

By Samantha Varela 31 Jul 2020

New technologies mean states must reconsider what 'reproductive rights' are

A number of technological advances have revolutionised human reproduction in the past few decades. One example is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the process of fertilising a woman's eggs with a man's sperm in the laboratory...

By Bonginkosi Shozi 23 Jul 2020

Changes to the scheduling of cannabis, THC and CBD explained

The Schedules to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Medicines Act), relating specifically to cannabis and some of its components (ie. cannabinoids), have, since 22 May 2020, officially been amended...

By Martha Burnett and Roxanne Gilbert 4 Jun 2020

How South Africa's health system could take a hit from pandemic lawsuits

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the world, there's been an outpouring of gratitude and support for healthcare professionals...

By Keymanthri Moodley & Anita Kleinsmidt 22 May 2020

Discovery, Liberty and "group wrong"

Discovery Ltd (Discovery) is the sole shareholder of two companies: Discovery Life and Discovery Vitality (all three parties were the applicants). Discovery Life offers insurance and related cover, while Discover Vitality is primarily a wellness and rewards programme...

By Clea Rawlins 11 May 2020

Navigating through the cloud of cannabis legislation in South Africa

Currently, South Africa is one of only three African countries that permit the cultivation of medical cannabis. A licence for cannabis production can be obtained, but the processes for its provision are stringent...

By Rui Lopes and Darryl Bernstein 21 Apr 2020

Tech closes the distance between telemedicine and consent

Covid-19 has exposed several contradictions in regulations about how healthcare professionals can practise telemedicine while still obtaining patients' informed consent - in writing, Technology has provided a solution...

20 Apr 2020

Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has agreed to the National Prosecuting Authority's request that a joint hearing be conducted into the Life Esidimeni deaths...

6 Feb 2020

Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damages

In a recent landmark judgment, MSM obo KBM v The Member of the Executive Council for Health, Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gauteng High Court handed down a ruling in December 2019 in which it developed the common law to allow for payment of future damages by providing services instead of money in certain medical negligence cases involving State hospitals...

By Sandra Sithole 20 Jan 2020

HPCSA suspends paediatric surgeon Peter Beale

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has suspended Dr Peter Beale, the paediatric surgeon facing charges of culpable homicide after 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed died shortly after Beale performed a routine laparoscopic surgery in October...

19 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

17 Dec 2019

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