Warrants of arrest issued for paediatric surgeon and anaesthetist

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Warrants of arrest have been issued for paediatric surgeon Dr Peter Beale and anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi, reports News24. Beale and Munshi are accused of negligence and face culpable homicide charges in connection with a routine laparoscopic surgery performed on 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed in October, at Netcare's Park Lane Clinic in Johannesburg. Zayyaan's lung collapsed shortly after the surgery. He was taken to the intensive care unit but died not long after. The report says Zayyaan's father, Mohammadh Sayed, laid the charges in October.

After Zayyaan's death, Netcare launched an internal investigation into the incident, suspending both doctors in the interim. And, the report says, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) also launched its own investigation after more families came forward with their own stories, claiming little ones had died, allegedly under Beale's knife, or were left with permanent impediments. The investigation concerns allegations made by these families, to determine the magnitude of the case.

The report says the arrest warrant instructs Beale and Munshi to appear before a court once they have been arrested. Lawyer for the Sayed family, Rob Kanarek, confirmed that the warrant had been issued. Beale's lawyer, Jeannse Albertse, also confirmed the warrant.

News24 report

See also

Surgeon’s and anaesthetist’s privileges withdrawn following child’s death

Family want surgeon and anaesthetist suspended pending inquiry

HPCSA probes ‘magnitude’ of negligence claims against paediatric surgeon

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