HPCSA fails to meet the document deadline in De Vos case

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The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has been accused of failing to meet the deadline to provide documentation to the legal team of intern doctor and anti-abortionist Jacques de Vos.

According to a Cape Times report, De Vos found himself in hot water with the HPCSA and 2 Military Hospital, where he practised as a medical intern two years ago for, among others, accentuating his personal or religious beliefs over the patient’s rights, and disrespecting his patient’s choices regarding her autonomy.

His disciplinary inquiry hearing has been pushed back until the end of this month while his legal representatives prepare to take on the HPCSA. The doctor is not allowed to practise medicine until the matter is resolved.

De Vos’s attorney, Marthus de Wet, said in the report that they had been in weekly contact with the HPCSA’s legal representative to obtain the documentation. “Up until today, we have not received the documentation, although we have submitted an affidavit from an expert on the HPCSA’s legal representative. Our client has been unable to practice medicine for the past two years, and therefore we are preparing to move forward with the matter,” said de Wet.

The disciplinary inquiry is scheduled to continue from 28-30 October at a Newlands hotel.

Cape Times report

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