First On EWN: Motsoaledi wants medical negligence cases resolved without lawyers
The health minister says the dept wants to eliminate attorneys & compensate patients & families directly.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he has demanded thathealth officials at all hospitals in the country immediately lethis department know of anymistakesthat could cause harm to patients, to avoidlitigationandcompensate families.
This week Eyewitness News revealed that two mothersare suing thedepartment in separate casesafter givingbirth to babies with cerebral palsy.
They claimthis was a result of alleged medical negligence at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Motsoaledi says there is a growing trend where attorneys approach patients and families asking to represent them in exchange for half or even most of their compensation of the settlement.
The minister says he wants to eliminate the attorneys from the equation and compensate patients and families directly.
In such instances, the lawyers end up getting more money that the patients themselves.
The minister says while hes aware that this wont solve the problem, action will also be taken against health officials if investigations prove that they were negligent.
He says he is deeply saddened by the amount of cases filed against health workers, but also clarified that this also included professionals in the private sector.
WATCH: First On EWN: Health Dept faces legal action after 2 babies born with disabilities