Motsoaledi: both private and state doctors hit by rising lawsuits

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says he will investigate the actions of lawyers who are suing provincial Departments of Health for billions of rands in claims.

Last week, National Treasury told the Joint Parliamentary Committees on Health and Appropriations that claims against the provincial departments had risen from R28 billion to R43 billion.

Motsoaledi says the rise of law suits is not because of the increase in negligence in the state sector.

It's not because the levels of negligence have risen in the public hospitals. It's also happening in the private sector. They too are being sued out of existence.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health

Motsoaledi advises that law suits affect the private health sector as well, with many private obstetricians and gynaecologists quitting over the high indemnity costs.

Also read: Why obstetricians are leaving their profession

He explains that the law suits affect four medical professions working with high risk procedures, specific namely:

  • obstetricians and gynaecologists
  • neurosurgeons
  • neonatologists
  • orthopedic surgeons

Motsoaledi says the department had previously called a summit on medical litigation to address the growing cases.

He explains that some greedy lawyers have gone as far as to track patients to claim millions from the department in settlements.

Take a listen to the Health Minister explain the complex situation and what can be done:

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