Probe of Shaik doctors

2009-03-09 00:00

Cape Town — The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has confirmed that it will conduct an investigation into the professional conduct of the three doctors involved in granting medical parole to convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik.

This follows a request from the Democratic Alliance for the council to probe what the DA has called the “serious anomalies” in the parole.

Opposition parties were outraged when, a week ago, Shaik was granted medical parole after an intense campaign by his family. Sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2005 for two counts of corruption and one of fraud, he has spent most of his two-and-a-half year term in hospital with high blood pressure and other ailments.

The DA request followed a weekend report that Professor D.P. Naidoo, the head of cardiology at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital where Shaik was treated, personally discharged Shaik in November — but that the Correctional Services Department blocked Shaik’s return to prison.

However, Correctional Services and the KZN Health Department said yesterday the doctor recommended Shaik’s discharge because there was nothing more the hospital could do for him.

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