Medical Protection joins with the South African Medical Association (SAMA) in condemning incidents of violence and abuse against doctors. SAMA today expressed its concern about security issues faced by doctors, highlighting multiple tragic cases in recent years in which doctors have been subject to violence.
Commenting, Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services – Africa, for Medical Protection said:
“Sadly, these incidents accord with the experience of many doctors supported by Medical Protection. Late last year, a Medical Protection survey found almost one in three (31%) of healthcare professionals in South Africa suffered verbal or physical abuse from patients, patients’ families or members of the public.
“Violence and abuse against doctors is deplorable and adds yet another source of anxiety for doctors at the worst possible time. Protecting doctors from violence is a vital challenge, and one that must be met by national and provincial governments, hospitals, institutions and the wider healthcare community.”
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