n South African Medical Journal - Public somnambulism : a general lack of awareness of the consequences of increasing medical negligence litigation : editorial
|Article Title||Public somnambulism : a general lack of awareness of the consequences of increasing medical negligence litigation : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Medical Protection Society, UK, 2 University of the Witwatersrand, 3 University of Cape Town and 4 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Nov 2014|
|Pages||752 - 753|
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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