March 18th, 2020
In a split decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal, a Port Elizabeth woman has won a 10-year negligence action over two small nicks to her bile duct during an operation to remove her gall bladder, reports MedicalBrief. The...
The SAs government is sticking to its guns to bring a law that would cut down on the spiralling medical claims, amounting to R100bn, and allow for staggered payments instead of lump sums paid to victims, reports IoL.
Medical claims have...Medico-Legal
Two nurses denied midwife jobs as midwives for refusing to carry out abortions have lost their legal bid to take Sweden to a top European court for violating their religious beliefs reports The Guardian. Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen had told...Medico-Legal
The family of a 76-year-old woman from Middelburg, Mpumalanga, is claiming millions of rands in damages from the Health Department after she was allegedly “left to rot” in a state hospital bed. According to Rapport, five close family members of...Medico-Legal
A family is suing the Limpopo Health Department over the death of a woman after she gave birth at Kgapane Hospital, reports Health-e News. Masale Rakgwahla (27) from Sehlakong passed away at the Bolebedu-based hospital after giving birth to twins...Medico-Legal
Lawyers acting on behalf of anti-abortion medic Jacques de Vos have notified the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) of their intention to call a US expert on abortion and mental health to testify as an expert witness when the case resumes on...
March 4th, 2020
A UK High Court has ruled that doctors treating individuals with serious ailments owe a legal duty of care not just to their patients but to third parties associated with the people they are treating, writes MedicalBrief. The decision may have...
A 23-year-old woman who is taking legal action against a UK National Health Service (NHS) gender clinic says she should have been challenged more by medical staff over her decision as a teenager to transition to a male, BBC News reports. A...Medico-Legal
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has warned against the rising medical claims against the state with the bill now sitting at almost R100bn. Mboweni said it was unacceptable that there were large claims against the state. The Mercury reports government...Medico-Legal
Eastern Cape Health's superintendent-general was summonsed to appear before the Bisho High Court to explain delays in two medical negligence cases involving babies born with cerebral palsy.
The cases, in the Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho),...Medico-Legal
The Federal Court in Australia has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay almost $2.6m in damages to three women implanted with faulty pelvic mesh implants, reports ABC News. The mesh devices have left hundreds of Australian...Medico-Legal
A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany's top court. According to a BBC News report, the Constitutional Court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors...Medico-Legal
California attorney-general Xavier Becerra has announced a settlement agreement between state attorney-generals, local subdivisions and Mallinckrodt (MNK), its subsidiaries and certain other affiliates.
A Jurist report notes that MNK, the...
February 26th, 2020
A report by the Gender Equality Commission implicates the State in forced sterilisation of HIV positive women, writes MedicalBrief. The Health Professions Council has called on anyone with information to provide it so that doctors can be...
Discovery Health has responded to a Council for Medical Schemes' ruling that Discovery must fund an alternative surgical treatment for glaucoma, which Discovery had argued did not meet "PMB-level of care" treatment prerequisites.
Fin24 reports ...Medico-Legal
A retired doctor and the parents of a 12-year-old girl who died after female genital mutilation (FGM) surgery are to stand trial in Egypt, with child rights campaigners calling for jail terms to deter others from the illegal practice....