Medical Law for Health Care Practitioners

At one time or another most health care practitioners are faced with a legal and/or ethical problem that arises from their conduct in executing their duties in practice. This goes beyond the scope of the practitioner’s treatment of the patient. It may end up with a claim made against the health care practitioner with their conduct being assessed by a statutory body or the court. Had the various health care professional been aware of the obligations and limitations the law expects of them, the practitioner may have minimised the risk of being sued. The purpose of this course is to introduce health care professionals to the laws which are applicable to them and which affect their daily conduct in practice. Here, not only is the common law and statutory law relevant, but our Constitution also serves as a beacon to what is expected of professionals in the medical world. The below mentioned areas of medical law will be the focal areas.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at health professionals: doctors, specialists, dentists, phycologists, occupational therapists and other senior medical staff.

Overview of programme:
This course will focus on the main principles of medical law and will include:

  • Role of doctors as expert witnesses
  • The contractual relationship between doctor/hospital and patient
  • The doctor/hospital’s duties towards the patient
  • The patient’s duties towards the doctors/hospital
  • Medical negligence in the civil terrain
  • Medical negligence in the criminal terrain
  • The requirement of causation in medical negligence cases
  • The patient’s duties towards the doctors/hospital
  • Grounds of justification
  • Medical Law and the Constitution
  • The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • The development of South Africa as a regional arbitration centre

Course details:
Date: 11 November
Time: 09:00 - 16:30
Venue: Midrand

Registration fees (VAT incl.)
R1 980 per person

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