Gauteng health dept pays R7.5m for negligence

2014-11-26 05:38


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Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has paid out R7.6m for medical negligence, it said on Tuesday.

In 2009 a child was born with permanent brain damage at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, spokesperson Prince Hamnca said in a statement.

"Yesterday, the department processed a payment in excess of R7.6 m which includes interest after the [North Gauteng] High Court in Pretoria found the department liable for the damages claimed."

Hamnca said the department was training nurses in midwifery, advanced midwifery and neonatology in order to avoid claims of this nature.

In the 2012/2013 financial year, 188 doctors and 203 nurses were trained to manage obstetric emergencies, he said.

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