The Institute of Health Risk Managers (IHRM), an independent training provider specialising in the healthcare industry, will be convening a Health Law Seminar where a panel of the country’s finest medico-legal minds will explore the topic of medical negligence.
The CPD-accredited seminar will be taking place on Saturday 14 October 2017 at the Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge.
The seminar will focus on equipping delegates with tools for avoiding medical malpractice claims and utilising mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) tools as a first line remedy when such claims do arise.
Medical malpractice litigation claims have increased dramatically over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine, negatively impacting South Africa’s entire health system.
Medical malpractice litigation has the potential to undermine both the private and public sectors. The already stretched provincial health budgets are struggling with their obligation to provide healthcare services while still having to pay out the billions in claims against them. Meanwhile, the private sector is faced with exorbitant medical protection premiums and ever increasing pay-outs.
While disciplines such as obstetrics, neurosurgery and orthopaedics are most exposed to litigation, the increasing litigious environment is a threat to all disciplines of health professionals.
Therefore, according to the IHRM, the upcoming Health Law seminar will be of great value to doctors, specialists and health advisors in the private sector as well as those in management positions within the provincial and national health sectors.