MPS submission in response to the South African Law Reform Commission to Discussion Paper 154 - Project 141: Medico-Legal Claims (October 2021)
Medical Protection Society (MPS) welcomes the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) decision to publish a discussion paper on medico-legal reforms for the state sector in South Africa.
Our comments are informed by our direct experience of assisting doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals with clinical negligence claims not just in South Africa but across many countries. We were pleased to see our previous comments in relation to issue paper 33 included in this discussion paper. We are keen to remain actively involved in the development of further reform around clinical negligence and medico-legal claims and assist the South African Law Reform Commission and Government by sharing our experience and expertise when required.
MPS is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, with more than 300,000 members around the world, including over 30,000 members in South Africa. Our in-house experts assist members with the wide range of legal and ethical problems. Of particular relevance to this discussion paper, membership to MPS provides members with the right to request indemnity for claims arising from professional practice.
Our submission is focused on responding to the proposals from the Commission in the above paper and suggesting any further reforms that we think are needed in some of the areas.
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