Tell all, FF+ urges Shaik

2009-03-11 00:00

Cape Town — The Freedom Front Plus has called on Schabir Shaik and his family to make his medical records public in order to counter the political fallout from his parole from prison on medical grounds.

FF Plus chief whip Corne Mulder said yesterdat that going public with the medical records is the easiest way for bringing the controversy to an end.

Yesterday the focus remained firmly on Professor D.P. Naidoo, the Durban cardiologist who decided Shaik should be discharged from hospital and later recommended medical parole.

Naidoo has been prevented from speaking to the media.

“We challenge Mr Shaik and the Shaik family to make the medical records of the three doctors who had treated him and which had served as the basis upon which he was released on medical parole available to the media and public,” said Mulder.

He continued: “If the Shaik family has nothing to hide, they will release the medical records and the medical records will prove to the public that he is terminally ill.

“Mr Shaik has to, in terms of the Correctional Services Act, be in the final phase of a terminal illness or condition in order to be released on medical parole.

“If the medical reports prove this to the public, the general opinion will immediately turn in his favour.”

Mulder said Shaik should do the honourable thing and make the medical reports public instead of “hiding behind” a doctor-patient confidentiality privilege.

“Mr Shaik will save the state money if he steps forward so that the Medical Services Council will not have to undertake a specific investigation into the three medical practitioners who had treated Shaik at the expense of taxpayers’ funds. If Mr Shaik is not prepared to make his medical reports public, no other conclusion can be drawn from this other than that an unholy affair is being covered up,” he said.

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