n South African Medical Journal - Public somnambulism : a general lack of awareness of the consequences of increasing medical negligence litigation : editorial

Volume 104, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Attend any meeting of obstetricians, spinal surgeons, neurosurgeons or neonatologists, and talk soon turns to the burgeoning costs of cover for negligence claims. Local medical academic and trade journals are increasingly addressing the issue: the whys, the consequences, and possible solutions. Although there are regular newspaper headlines and articles on litigation costs, seldom if ever does an article in the lay press address the consequences of increasing medical negligence litigation. Is the public unknowingly sleep-walking into a dystopian future with regard to obstetrics, spinal surgery, neurosurgery and neonatology?

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