Medical neglicence costs state R7.6m

2014-11-25 17:45

The Gauteng health department has paid out R7.6 million for medical negligence.

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

“Yesterday, the department processed a payment in excess of R7.6 million which includes interest after the 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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