Panday denied leave to appeal in Daymed doctor’s case

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Visham Panday has been denied leave to appeal a civil case ruling that he must put up security if he wants to pursue an application against Dr Navind Dayanand – the owner of Daymed Private Hospital – and seven others, including the Health Professions Council of SA.

Convicted fraudster Dayanand brought the application for security following an application Panday brought for the court to order the HPCSA to suspend the doctor and institute disciplinary proceedings against him.

Panday alleges that the doctor got his medical degree from India, three years after he had left India. He also claims that the doctor’s son fraudulently obtained his medical qualification and his daughter was fraudulently admitted into medical school and was later “expelled or deregistered”.

In his main judgment, Judge Piet Bezuidenhout said that it is the council’s duty to investigate any alleged misconduct and it has indicated it is doing so. “The main application accordingly amounts to an abuse of the court process,” said Bezuidenhout. However, he has not set out that he has the means to satisfy any costs order that is made against him.

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