R30m paid to Kagiso Molefe, who fell during birth and suffered severe brain injury due to the negligence of the staff at the Natalspruit Hospital is the highest such negligence payout in four years.
The department of health spends more than R200m on negligence payouts every year, Gauteng DA health spokesperson Jack Bloom is quoted in The Citizen as saying.
Last week, the South Gauteng High Court ordered the department to pay R30m to Kagiso Molefe, who fell during birth and suffered severe brain injury due to the negligence of the staff at the Natalspruit Hospital on 22 April 2005. Molefe’s legal representative, Gary Austin, said the victim had suffered cerebral palsy and now had to rely on his mother, Prudence, and brother, Sherilo, to perform basic tasks.
The reports says the merits for Kagiso’s case included the cost of estimated future medical expenses, loss of earnings and general damages (pain and suffering; loss of the pleasures of life; and loss of amenities of life).
Bloom said the department had paid out R276m for 110 legal claims, the majority being for medical negligence, over the past two years. He said Molefe’s R30m payout was the highest in the past four years.
But departmental spokesperson Steve Mabona said in the report: “claims are unplanned and, as such, it is difficult to predict adverse events or eventualities. The department is trying to improve management of all incidents leading to claims.”Full report in The Citizen