Medical lawsuits plague Gauteng - DA

2012-04-16 17:35

Johannesburg - Higher payouts for medical negligence cases will severely affect the Gauteng health department's budget, the DA said on Monday.

"Courts are granting higher payouts for medical negligence, so every effort must be made to ensure that quality care is provided, instead of needlessly injuring patients," Democratic Alliance MP Jack Bloom said.

"The news that Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has been ordered by the court to pay R12m in yet another medical negligence case shows that medical lawsuits will hit the Gauteng health budget hard."

Last month Justice Kathy Satchwell from the South Gauteng High Court ordered Mokonyane to pay after Prudence Khumbula's daughter Tanya was born brain-damaged and paralysed, due to negligence by an Edenvale hospital.

Bloom said the department had already paid R15.5m in two medical negligence cases this year. R9.25m was paid to the family of Prince Sibusiso Khanyi after he was brain-damaged at birth at the Pholosong hospital. Another R6.25m was paid to Shabbier Nagel after his leg was amputated when he was scheduled for heart surgery at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane said the department was "making efforts" to prevent further lawsuits.

"The department is also making efforts to generally improve the quality of healthcare in the province," he said.

"That is why we are focused on ensuring the availability of doctors, and improvement in nurses and equipment, so that there will be no injuries during procedures."

  • Andrew - 2012-04-16 18:06

    This is what happens when you emply ANC cadre buffoons in positions they are incapable of.

      Mary - 2012-04-16 22:42

      Buffoons don't have to be members of the ANC.

      Mattewis - 2012-04-17 09:43

      This is not only the useless government, as things aren't really that great in many private hospitals either! There are two aspects to play in this whole scenario, albeit the one is significant in causing the other (IMHO): 1. Governing Structure Incompetence, 2. Shareholder Greed. 1. Need I say more? 2. Private hospitals are just money making machines. Doctors can achieve wealth if they work hard to create mega-wealth for their hospital shareholder masters, and are coerced to run their practices on hospital campuses to guarantee access to facilities (especially true for specialists). A doctor operating his own practice won't refer you to a hospital where there are health risk issues, whereas a doctor on the hospital campus has no other alternative - if he wants to maintain his practice. I also think the peer pressure in this industry must be horrendous! If you aren't driving the latest luxury European vehicle, your colleagues must think you incompetent? "Hey, Hypocrates doesn't pay the installment on my Beemer!" The doctors who are immune to this, are really good people! The medical fraternity needs a responsible governing structure to ensure the best medical care possible for all and that professionals are paid well, which the ANC government just is utterly incapable of doing.

      anthro45 - 2012-04-18 07:14

      This is what happens when you heve doctors with a pass rate of 30%.

  • braamc - 2012-04-16 18:09

    Anc controlled, f*&cken good for nothing.

  • Irene - 2012-04-16 18:13

    AA at it's best.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-04-16 18:27

    Just for the record : the Murder of a Doctor that killed my Mom was also incapable of doing his work - however being a Specialist in private practice and with Medi-Clinic and getting paid from a Medical Aid in Kimberley allowed him to walk one were willing to listen...He was not a ANC cadre, since I know he is not, he is not AA but he has certainly killed her. So for those so openly saying what they feel like, take that into consideration. I mourn my Mom and nothing for me to do.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-16 18:32

      Bianca, have you taken this to the Medical Association? Have you exhausted all avenues? There are legal practices that take cases on the basis that if there is no settlement there's nothing to pay.

      Irene - 2012-04-16 18:36

      Name and shame.

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-04-16 20:15

      A settlement - money - will not ease the pain. The Hospital does not even want to tell me what conspired in the last hour prior to her death. And remember I am the daughter, my Father and rest of the family tend to accept that this has happened and now we must adapt. The Medical Association wanted an details I could not present to them, cleverly with held by the Doctor.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-16 23:29

      It sounds like a big cover up. I know money will not bring your mom back, but if a case is brought against those responsible, maybe it help to prevent another tragedy. If you'd like advice you just need to approach the right attorneys.

  • David - 2012-04-16 18:30

    HAHAHA. Maybe if they STOP F***ING up. There will be less mistakes. Or simply use that thing that is between the ears and pay attention. IT CALLED A BRAIN, so by the way.

      Mary - 2012-04-16 22:48

      Not everyone has a functional brain.

  • Martin - 2012-04-16 18:32

    I wonder what would have happened if these births had occurred naturally at home. Maybe someone clever like Mr Bloom or a Judge could venture an opinion

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-16 18:42

    I feel for you bianca have you tried legal aid dont leave it fight for your rights.

  • Aubrey - 2012-04-16 18:43

    Must be the witch doctors on late night duty.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 19:08

    One has to wonder at the bureaucratic bungling that turns a heart op into a leg amputation. Or is anatomy no longer a requirement to become a surgeon? Or is it that surgeons do not know their own patients? Maybe to Cubans we all look the same? Apologies for being rather flippant but my brain hurts - please do not call a surgeon!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-16 21:18

      .. Well at least they did not amputate an arm so.. It probably didn't cost them and "arm and a leg" This whole charade is because our qualified and good surgeons got gatvol for the deteriating conditions and left the country for more acceptable working conditions and hospitals.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 22:37

      @alansmartSnr...And so many have given their hearts (and souls) to be rewarded with an elbow

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-04-16 20:16

    I rather die in the street as to die in a Medi-Clinic and I have adapted the motto - trust no Dr since all is about money and sadly I have experience several times after I said this is my motto. Jail time for such Dr.

      Dave - 2012-04-16 20:38

      Bianca, I think we all feel your pain, in every profession there are the good and the bad. You must explore every avenue possible to have justice. Just remember, someone else's mother may be at risk if justice is not served. There are many malpractice lawyers available, no fee no win. And I am truly sorry for your loss

      Mary - 2012-04-16 22:52

      A friend had 2 bad experiences with a Medi Clinic dentist. Too much red tape to go through to try and rectify problems. Easier to go to a different dentist. It's all about money nowadays, no ethics required.

  • Johan - 2012-04-17 06:26

    his leg was amputated when he was scheduled for heart surgery at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.How can this happen? !!!!

      Mary - 2012-04-17 12:14

      If you still have to ask then there is no hope for you.

  • Matthew - 2012-06-05 08:51

    How long is it going to take you silly people to realize what you need to do....Bring back South African doctors and teachers.Make it worth their while to come home and work here again.otherwise,we're all stuffed

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