Medico-legal litigation has become such a big problem that the Minister of Health recently indicated that all disputes involving state hospitals should be mediated.
Augustine Medical recognised that medico-legal litigation poses a serious threat to the overall healthcare environment, and commencing in 2018 offered delegates the opportunity to attend a Medical Negligence and Health Sector Mediation course presented by UCT’s law faculty over five days at the Nelson Peace Centre outside Paarl. The first course of the year ran from 26 February to 2 March with 17 delegates and the second course ran from 10 -14 October with 18 delegates.
Attending this course, specifically designed for medical professionals, will assist a person to become an effective an accredited mediator. Only very senior managers and clinical heads of department of government from the government sector were invited to attend.
This sponsorship also forms part of Augustine’s commitment and contribution to skills development in terms of Act No. 46 of 2013: Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act. It was decided that our skills development contribution would be best served by providing training on medico-legal mediation considering the impact of medico-legal litigation on healthcare in South Africa, particularly the state healthcare sector.
We are happy to say that this course has been a massive success and we strongly consider offering this opportunity on an annual basis. We would like to thank the organisers at the Nelson Peace Centre, the delegates who took time out of their busy schedules, and the presenters from UCT’s Law Faculty who created and curated the invaluable course material.
If you have any questions on this initiative or would like to be considered for this sponsorship in future, please do not hesitate to contact us here.
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