Doctors want review of culpability
“A recent survey of more than 500 doctors, conducted by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), showed that almost 9 in 10 (88%) are concerned about facing an investigation following an adverse patient outcome during their career, and 90% think the prospect of facing criminal investigation or charges impacts on their mental health,” reported TimesLive (5 Nov 2021)
The survey also revealed that the prospect of criminal investigation means nearly one in two doctors in SA have considered leaving the profession and four in five doctors surveyed think the criminal justice system has an inadequate understanding of medical practice.
In a letter to Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, a coalition of nine healthcare bodies calls for a review to be conducted by the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC) due to the complexity of criminal law in a healthcare setting.
The letter was co-ordinated by the MPS and signed by the Association of Surgeons of SA, Federation of SA Surgeons, Radiological Society of SA, SA Medical Association, SA Medico-Legal Association, SA Private Practitioners’ Forum, SA Society of Anaesthesiologists and SA Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.