oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - To chaperone or not to chaperone? : editorial



In March this year, the Independent Online published an article entitled 'SA's dodgy doctors'. This was sparked off as a result of a spate of high-profile cases involving practitioners and patients, several of which were claims against practitioners of sexual impropriety or misconduct. At around that time there was also extensive media coverage on the conduct of a former Cape Town orthopaedic surgeon who had been found guilty in the Bellville Magistrate's Court of raping and indecently assaulting a female patient. He had also been found guilty on 14 counts of indecent assault of 9 female patients. This case is just one of several that have received widespread media coverage with far-reaching consequences for practitioners at large.


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