Doctors take on hospital over implants

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A firm of orthopaedic surgeons is embroiled in a legal battle with [b]Mediclinic Newcastle Hospital[/b] over plans to stop them from supplying their own medical implants to their patients. [s]The Witness[/s] reports that [b]orthopaedic surgeons Xolisa Mgele and Neetesh Patel[/b] – who are joint shareholders in the firm [b]Drs Mgele & Patel Inc[/b] – accuse the hospital in papers before the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) of trying to increase its own income at their expense. They also said the hospital has not indicated who would supply the implants in future. A Mediclinic Newcastle Hospital spokesperson said the motivation for the decision – which the hospital had planned to implement on 1 March – was to increase efficiency at the hospital and to comply with the standard practice at all Mediclinic hospitals.
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