Health ordered to pay up for medical negligence

2016-03-16 11:31


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Yet another medical malpractice suit against the MEC for Health in KZN was on Tuesday adjourned with an order for the province to pay the wasted costs.

This follows on the heels of a reserved judgment handed down by Judge Daya Pillay on Monday in which she expressed concern over an escalation in the nume wasted costs.ber of medical malpractice suits against the KZN health department, their impact on public funds and was particularly critical of the recurring adjournments which impact the public purse.

In the judgment which arose from a case in which she had refused an application for a postponement, Judge Pillay said a “disturbingly large” number of malpractice claims that come before court were adjourned with the MEC having to pay costs. In yesterday’s case Veeshan Singh of Newlands in Durban has lodged a damages claim for R23 900 000 against the MEC for Health in KZN on behalf of her son, Shirdesh. The boy is permanently blind, allegedly due to negligence of medical staff involved in his treatment following his premature birth at Addington Hospital on September 7, 2006. The claim is based on the fact that Shirdesh will require various forms of therapy including speech and language therapy, assistative devices (including braille) guide dogs and care throughout his life.

The case was postponed indefinitely pending a trial date being set.

Deputy KZN Judge President Jerome Mnguni ordered the MEC to pay the wasted costs of yesterday’s adjournment.

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