Arrest warrants for specialists a ‘direct threat’ to healthcare delivery

Arrest warrants for specialists a ‘direct threat’ to healthcare delivery

Arrest warrants for specialists a ‘direct threat’ to healthcare delivery


Unprecedented arrest warrants for two medical specialists accused of medical negligence continues to cause waves, writes MedicalBrief. The SA Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) has noted “with great concern the recent arrests” and called for urgent legal reform in this regard, while the SA Medical Association (SAMA) said the matter “should not be litigated in the media and become a political football”.

The two are paediatric surgeon Dr Peter Beale and anaesthetist Dr Abdullhay Munshi, accused of negligence in the death of a child in December 2019.

The South African Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (SASOG) has responded to the arrest of the doctors.
Professor Leon Snyman, chair: SASOG medico-legal committee and Professor Greta Dreyer, president: SASOG write: SASOG notes with great concern the recent arrests of medical specialists for suspected medical negligence and again calls for urgent legal reform in this regard.

SASOG supports the opinions expressed by the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) in its media release dated 13 December 2019 that the action of issuing a warrant of arrest is a direct threat to healthcare delivery in South Africa and is not in the interests of the health system – public or private.

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