MPS Column

September 23rd, 2020 The tragic death of Dr Abdulhay Munshi's death has brought into sharp focus how the law around culpable homicide is being applied to healthcare professionals, writes Dr Graham Howarth, Medical Protection Society head of Medical Services –...

July 15th, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some hard truths particularly with respect, but not limited to, resources, writes Dr Graham Howarth of MPS. Another area that has been exposed is the distinction between the medical ethics related to resourcing...

June 24th, 2020 The “overwhelming feedback” from South African healthcare professionals is that they remain concerned about criminal and regulatory charges over COVID-19 treatment decisions, writes Dr Graham Howarth. Dr Howarth, head of Medical Services,...

May 27th, 2020 It is important to understand that ethics and law are not automatically synonymous, writes Dr Graham Howarth, head of medical services – Africa, MPS. For doctors to have certainty, clearly articulated national guidelines must be developed,...

April 22nd, 2020 This pandemic has raised an opportunity for doctors and their patients to start the worst-case conversation to ensure patients are empowered to make good decisions for themselves, writes Dr Julia Ambler, palliative care specialist, Risk Prevention...

April 8th, 2020 The Medical Protection Society welcomes the Health Professions Council of SA’s updated guidelines on telemedicine, confirming MPS’s position that telemedicine should be supported to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Graham Howarth, head of...

February 19th, 2020 An MPS survey of South African doctors has found that the overwhelming majority have not undertaken specific training in record keeping and want more guidance, writes Diane Baylis, clinical risk educator, Risk Prevention, Medical Protection...

November 20th, 2019 Dr Graham Howarth, head of medical services, Africa, at Medical Protection looks at best practice where social media is concerned. Howarth writes: The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) recently introduced Ethical Guidelines...

October 16th, 2019 Burnout, recently recognised by the World Health Organisation as a syndrome brought about by chronic workplace stress, is reaching epidemic levels, writes Graham Howarth, head of medical services, at Medical Protection Society (MPS) South...

August 7th, 2019 It is time to acknowledge that the healthcare system in South Africa is under unprecedented strain and that doctors should not be held solely responsible for errors occurring in these difficult environments, writes Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, education...
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