Review Article

Medical negligence

S.F. Otto
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 8, No 2 | a128 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v8i2.128 | © 2004 S.F. Otto | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2004 | Published: 09 June 2004

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S.F. Otto, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of the Free State and Universitas Hospital Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Abstract

The progress made in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine has resulted in an increase in the number of malpractice suits brought against medical practitioners. To constitute negligence it must be shown that the conduct of the accused did not measure up to the standard of care the law required of him in the particular circumstances and that he acted with guilt and therefore can be blamed for the deed. This paper describes medical practitioner negligence and reviews relevant cases.

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