n South African Medical Journal - Professional competence and professional misconduct in South Africa : editorial

Volume 104, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Professional life has long been fraught with many difficulties, and the literature is replete with valid criticisms of individuals and the professions (see, for example, Freidson and Kronman). With advancing complexity in medical knowledge and skills and in providing healthcare, maintaining high professional standards is an increasingly recognised challenge in all societies. Enhanced educational efforts to sustain professionalism, improved methods of vigilance, and robust methods of reporting complaints and dealing with offenders are essential.

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