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Common Problems: Managing the Risks in Hospital Practice in South Africa

Last updated: August 2012

The right of Sandy Anthony to be identified as the author of the text of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

This booklet was produced as a resource for MPS members in South Africa. It is intended as general guidance only. For more specific practical advice and support with medicolegal issues that may arise please contact MPS

  • Introduction
  • Understanding your legal and professional responsibilities
  • The role and powers of the Council
  • Ethical considerations
  • When patients lack capacity
  • Respect for patient confidentiality
  • Probity
  • Clinical management
  • Checking procedures
  • Prescribing for children
  • Systems and resources
  • Failures of communication
  • Recording essential information
  • Communicating with patients
  • If things go wrong
  • References
  • Appendix 1: List of ethical rules, regulations and policy guidelines published by the HPCSA
  • Appendix 2: Assessing decisional capacity
  • Appendix 3: Sources of guidelines, research and evidence-based care
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