HPCSA hearing 'a waste of time'

2013-04-23 09:33

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Pretoria - A church minister has stormed out of a Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) hearing in Pretoria, after one of two charges against a doctor who treated him were withdrawn, it was reported on Tuesday.

Reverend Andrew George, 63, of Life Enrichment Ministries on the West Rand, said on Monday that the HPCSA was "totally off course", Beeld reported.

Dr Estelle Marthina Richter, a former casualty department doctor at the Olivedale Clinic, treated George on 26 January 2008 after he was knocked off his bike by a vehicle.

She diagnosed a broken wrist and bruised lungs, but not his 16 fractured ribs, two fractured vertebrae and broken collarbone.

Richter pleaded guilty to and was found guilty of failing to diagnose or treat the serious nature of George's chest injuries. She was suspended for six months during which she may not practice privately, but the sentence was suspended for three years.

George reportedly described the trial as "a total waste of time".

"The HPCSA has become a legal committee and it is no longer a medical protection committee," he told Beeld.

According to the newspaper, Richter was originally charged with failing to diagnose the injury to George's spine and refer him to a surgeon on duty before admitting him to a general ward.

This complaint was withdrawn on Monday after Richter's attorney, Stephen Farrell, objected.

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