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Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted
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
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
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
#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

Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand
Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand

Is tiresome admin pulling you away from business growth? Is client communication taking up too much of your time? This single software suite can help you automate your administrative tasks and communication to claim back your lost time...

Issued by Microsoft 2 Dec 2019

The costly business of nursing negligence
The costly business of nursing negligence

Negligence at Gauteng state hospitals has caused damage to over 20,000 patients in the past two-and-a-half years, with R29bn paid out in claims...

15 Oct 2019

NHI Bill submissions extended
NHI Bill submissions extended

The Portfolio Committee on Health has extended the period for written submissions on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to end of November...

3 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Have your say on the NHI bill
Have your say on the NHI bill

The Portfolio Committee on Health has called on interested individuals and relevant stakeholders to submit written comments as well as indicate interest in making an oral submission on the National Health Insurance Bill [B11 - 2019]...

9 Sep 2019

Hospital negligence not the cause of baby's brain damage - court
Hospital negligence not the cause of baby's brain damage - court

In the AN case, the Supreme Court of Appeal held that despite the failure by the All Saints Hospital to properly monitor the mother and foetus during delivery, this did not cause the brain damage to the baby which resulted from an unpreventable cause...

By Erwyn Durman 2 Sep 2019

Takeaways from the Limpopo medico-legal symposium
Takeaways from the Limpopo medico-legal symposium

Norton Rose Fulbright recently presented at a medico-legal symposium hosted by the Health Professionals Group for the Limpopo Department of Health which was attended by approximately 100 medical professionals including dentists, surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, and general practitioners...

By Erwyn Durman 27 Aug 2019

Neil Kirby
No mandatory requirement for South Africans to join NHI

The publication of the National Health Insurance Bill has resulted in much public comment as to the future of healthcare in South Africa...

21 Aug 2019

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NHI one step closer to universal coverage

The much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has officially been released by Parliament - paving the way for public participation and engagement on it...

8 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?
Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?

The current ambulance and EMS crisis in South Africa is making it less and less likely that patients will get the medical help they need in time. A critical shortage of ambulances is resulting in an unnecessary number of patients dying or suffering further harm due to delays and "no shows"...

26 Jun 2019

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U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up market

Until a week ago, CBD, the active non-psychoactive ingredient within cannabis which cannot make users high, was considered a scheduled substance in terms of the schedules to the Medicines Act...

By Megan Adderley, Rodney Africa, Adriano Esterhuizen & Deerah Pillay-Lungoomiah 3 Jun 2019

Kate Collier
New guideline on medico-legal investigations of mine deaths

A new guideline published by the chief inspector of mines aims to provide clarity on the process when the cause of a death on a mine is immediately unclear...

By Kate Collier 20 May 2019

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Crackdown on doctors' practices in Nelson Mandela Bay

Two suspects have been arrested in Nelson Mandela Bay for allegedly practicing medicine unlawfully...

17 May 2019

When can you claim malpratice for plastic surgery?
When can you claim malpratice for plastic surgery?

All surgery carries an inherent risk, whether it's elective or not. However, when the cause of a botched cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is clearly due to negligence by medical staff, the patient can pursue a medical malpractice claim...

7 May 2019

Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA
Comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA

A comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in SA has now been published by Natmed under the title Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa...

By Donald Dinnie 3 May 2019

Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses
Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses

Twenty-two former underground miners are claiming more than R80 million in damages from Sasol Coal after they contracted serious lung and other diseases as a result of years of inhaling coal dust while working in underground coal mines...

By Ciaran Ryan 25 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right
Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

SIU investigations yield arrests for medico-legal fraud
SIU investigations yield arrests for medico-legal fraud

A probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has led to the arrest of a prominent attorney in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, relating to fraudulent medico-legal claims estimated to be over R100 million.

26 Feb 2019

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#BudgetSpeech2019: Will it lead to more doctors being sued for negligence?

Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later...

By Daniel McLaren 21 Feb 2019

#BudgetSpeech2019: How govt plans to curb medico-legal claims
#BudgetSpeech2019: How govt plans to curb medico-legal claims

Government has announced a series of interventions in an effort to curb the rise of medical negligence claims against the State...

21 Feb 2019

Many countries around the world can’t meet the demand for donor organs. Shutterstock
There are many complex reasons for South Africa's organ donor shortage

At any given time, there are around 4,300 people waiting for organ donations in South Africa. These patients usually need new livers, kidneys, lungs or hearts. But organ donors are in very short supply...

By Harriet Etheredge 9 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Legal
#BestofBiz 2018: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2018 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...

18 Dec 2018

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?
Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The objective was to prevent the twin baby girls from acquiring HIV infection by modifying their genes...

By Daniel Mak 5 Dec 2018

Mashudu Mphafudi, director in the finance & banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Private healthcare is ripe for transformation

It's no secret that a small number of 'big names' dominate the private healthcare and medical aid industries...

28 Nov 2018

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