Doctor dismissed for professional misconduct

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pretoria - A doctor from the South Rand Hospital has been dismissed with immediate effect for professional misconduct.

The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development said on Wednesday that the decision to dismiss the doctor was taken after it was reported that the doctor, who was on standby on the night of 25 November 2009, had refused to come out and help a patient.

"When he eventually came out, the doctor was allegedly aggressive to nurses and acted unprofessionally. After reviewing the case the department decided to dismiss the doctor with immediate effect," the department said.

The MEC for Health and Social Development Qedani Mahlangu has repeatedly warned health professionals that negative and insensitive attitudes towards patients will not be tolerated.

Doctors are reminded that the department has a right to recover legal costs directly from them in cases of gross negligence, Mahlangu said.