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Mediclinic explains its association with Wouter ‘doctor death’ Basson

The private hospital group has come under fire after it emerged that Basson, also known as “doctor death”, is still practicing at its facilities.

FILE: Wouter Basson. Picture: mediclinic.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - Mediclinic said it viewed allegations against tainted cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson - and the questions raised regarding the group's association with him - in a very serious light.

The private hospital group has come under fire after it emerged that Basson, also known as “doctor death”, is still practicing at its facilities.

He's known as the mastermind behind the apartheid government's chemical weapons mission called “Project Coast” aimed at killing anti-apartheid activists.

Mediclinc said it acknowledged and understood the sensitivities and ethical perspectives on the matter.

The group said Basson operated as an independent specialist cardiologist with the admission rights to treat his patients at two of its facilities, as well as other hospitals that are not part of the Mediclinic stable.

Chief marketing officer for Mediclinic Southern Africa Biren Valodia said: “I need to clarify that by law, doctors are independent practitioners and are not employed by any hospital group. Dr Basson is not employed by Mediclinic Southern Africa and does not have his consulting rooms at Mediclinic facilities.”

He said Basson consulted from his own rooms.

“That’s where patients choose to consult him. In the interest of our patients, we must respect each patient’s rights to choose the appropriate medical professional to deliver the required treatment at the facility of the patient’s choice.”

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