Medical negligence bill referred back by Parliament
The State Liability Amendment Bill (reintroduced to Parliament on January 25) was referred back to the Health and Justice departments. The Bill, providing a settlement structure of claims against the state in a case of medical negligence, seeks to reduce the effect of lump-sum payments on the state.
“Claims for medical negligence against the state have more than tripled over four years, rising to R104.5- bn in 2019 as patients seek redress for harm allegedly wrought by SA’s overstretched public health system,” reported Business Day (26 January 2021)
The new bill proposes a “pay as you go” system of smaller, scheduled payments. Justice committee chair Bulelani Magwanishe said the bill should be returned to the departments for further processing before Parliament considers it.