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Steadfast Commitment

Steadfast Commitment

Quality protection with accessible legal support and advice July Edition 2023 I am delighted to present the latest updates and initiatives from EthiQal. In this newsletter, we aim to highlight some of our ongoing efforts to offer steadfast, comprehensive, reliable and...

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Doctors Day – Gift of the givers

Doctors Day – Gift of the givers

In support of the invaluable humanitarian aid provided by Gift of the Givers during times of crisis, which includes selfless acts of kindness by volunteer medical practitioners, EthiQal recently made a donation to support the work of the Foundation. Like...

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Dr. Chatbot: To trust or not to trust.

Dr. Chatbot: To trust or not to trust.

Humanity has never had as much access to information as we do today. But does this access lead to more knowledge and better healthcare? This is an important question to ask as we enter a new AI-augmented information age, writes Alex Brownlee, CEO of EthiQal and...

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Dr. Bettina Taylor – PMG Academic Meeting 2023

Dr. Bettina Taylor – PMG Academic Meeting 2023

Dr Bettina Taylor presented at the recent PMG Academic Meeting where she discussed medical malpractice insurance in depth. Dr Bettina Taylor’s presentation discussed medical malpractice insurance in depth. Her presentation explained that medical malpractice insurance...

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Understanding Informed Consent

Understanding Informed Consent

Understanding the basic steps to obtaining informed consent Taking the time to obtain proper informed consent is one of the most effective ways to avoid medico-legal challenges. Other than building the doctor-patient relationship, it ensures that patients do not...

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Terminating a doctor – patient relationship

Terminating a doctor – patient relationship

Sometimes it may be appropriate to stop being someone’s doctor. When you decide to end the relationship with your patient, it is often perceived in a negative way by the patient. If you have any doubt on whether the reason to terminate the relationship is justifiable,...

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Quinquennial Celebrations

Quinquennial Celebrations

As we near the end of 2021 and celebrate EthiQal’s 5th birthday, I reflect on the past remarkable five years. EthiQal’s foundation documents from 2016 capture the early mission statement as “Committed to protect and defend South African medical practitioners”, which...

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There’s no better time to say ‘Thank You, Doctor’

There’s no better time to say ‘Thank You, Doctor’

Doctor’s Day is celebrated on 16 November to acknowledge and thank South African doctors for the exceptional services they deliver on a daily basis. EthiQal is proud to continue to honour this annual tradition of celebrating doctors countrywide, this November. “The...

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Step by step guide to follow if you receive a summons

Step by step guide to follow if you receive a summons

A summons is a document issued by a court, which begins the litigation process. There are a variety of different summonses, however, the most common is a combined summons and it is used for medical malpractice claims. What is included in a summons? A summons is...

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Dr Bettina Taylor – Thesis

Dr Bettina Taylor – Thesis

A retrospective, observational study of medicolegal cases against obstetricians and gynaecologists in South Africa’s private sector. Thesis by Dr B.Taylor

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The noble purpose of medmal insurance

The noble purpose of medmal insurance

By JP Ellis Senior Legal and Claims Manager for FANEWS February 2021 issue The year 2020 saw the medical community at the frontline, facing tremendous pressure and uncertainty. For quite some time, the healthcare environment has been plagued with an increase in...

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Call to prioritise the well-being of healthcare workers

Call to prioritise the well-being of healthcare workers

Johannesburg – A combination of heightened mobility across various provinces, an increase in super-spreader events, a new virus variant and a decrease in compliance with social-distancing protocols have contributed to the significant resurgence in positive coronavirus...

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Informed consent explained

Informed consent explained

What is informed consent? Informed consent is a two-way dialogue between patient and their healthcare practitioner whereby the practitioner provides adequate information necessary to enable the patient to make an informed decision about the risks, benefits and...

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Doctors’ Day 2020: Celebrating our healthcare heroes

Doctors’ Day 2020: Celebrating our healthcare heroes

EthiQal has launched yet another year of its Doctor’s Day initiative and calls on all South Africans to join them in celebrating our healthcare heroes. Established on 16 November 2018 – two years to the date on which EthiQal was formed – Doctors’ Day raises awareness...

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Key Learnings from Risk Management Practice Reviews

Key Learnings from Risk Management Practice Reviews

Key Learnings from Risk Management Practice Reviews At EthiQal, we strive to provide affordable professional indemnity that is aligned with the risk posed by individual practices. We also endeavour to assist practitioners with the identification of risk management...

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Managing frontline medico-legal risks during COVID-19

Managing frontline medico-legal risks during COVID-19

Managing frontline medico-legal risks during COVID-19: from webinars to app sponsorships A year ago, COVID-19 was nothing more than some news broadcast from somewhere far away. It now continues to dominate world headlines, drive politicians’ decision-making and affect...

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Fraudulent Conduct by Patients

Fraudulent Conduct by Patients

It is important to remember that every prescription, note, report or document your practice prepares comes with clinical, ethical, and legal responsibilities. Unfortunately, there may be occasions where a patient is found to have falsified or altered...

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Statement regarding the murder of Dr Abdulhay Munshi

Statement regarding the murder of Dr Abdulhay Munshi

EthiQal is saddened to learn of the death of anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi. There are no words to express the sorrow, horror and disbelief relating to the act of violence that has taken Dr Munshi’s life. We at EthiQal extend our deepest condolences to Dr Munshi’s...

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Critical to protect our doctors and nurses during COVID-19

Critical to protect our doctors and nurses during COVID-19

South Africa’s extended Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown is merely slowing down the infection rate to allow for the urgent continued expansion of its currently inadequate treatment and life-saving capacity. It’s a reality many people validly complaining of income and...

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Patient and Practice Legal Guidelines

Patient and Practice Legal Guidelines

The relationship between the patient and the healthcare practitioner: the legalities Mastering the theory of diseases and treatment, and the technical skills to perform intricate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, is only one aspect of being a good doctor. True...

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What is indemnity cover and why do doctors need it?

What is indemnity cover and why do doctors need it?

Johannesburg – A surprising number of GPs and specialists are unaware of the myriad ways in which they could fall victim to litigation, often believing this to be confined to the settlement of a negligence finding following an inadvertent patient injury. According to...

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Subpoenas: All your common questions answered

Subpoenas: All your common questions answered

What is a subpoena? A subpoena compels a witness to provide a court with information or documents on a specific date, time and location under a penalty for failure. Are there different types? Yes, there are two types of subpoena: A subpoena ducestecum requires the...

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Five golden rules to reduce patient harm or risk

Five golden rules to reduce patient harm or risk

Johannesburg – Talk to any doctor who’s faced litigation from a patient or their family, following an adverse event, and they’ll tell you how emotionally exhausting the process is. Risk reduction in medicine or surgery, where mistakes amounting to negligence are an...

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