announcements

August 2019 - Industry Watch

Two new articles by Bronwyn McArthur on public speaking and Donald Dinnie on the NHI Bill have been published on bbrief.


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July 2019 - What-If: I recieve a HPCSA complaint part 2

In part 1 we looked at how should you respond if you receive a HPCSA complaint. Now in part 2 we discuss how you should proceed if your response is not accepted.


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July 2019 - What-If: I recieve a HPCSA complaint part 1

Any person or company may lodge a complaint to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) against a healthcare professional registered with the HPCSA, for unprofessional conduct. How should you respond if you receive one.


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July 2019 - Natmedipedia

We are pleased to announce the release of the Third Edition of the Natmedipedia, Natmed’s plain language glossary of and guide to common medical negligence and insurance terms for healthcare practitioners. The latest edition has been expanded to include 65 new definitions.


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July 2019 - Medical Defence Review 2nd Edition

The Medical Defence Review is a collection of lay person friendly case reviews, lessons learnt, and guidelines for healthcare practitioners and healthcare facility operators.


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July 2019 - Ten Takeaways Informed Consent Part 5

Part 5 of Natmed's Ten Takeways series on Informed Consent. Consent for termination of a pregnancy.


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June 2019 - Contemporaneous notes once again to the rescue

In an unusual recent case, a claim in the Pietermaritzburg High Court against a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist was not in delict but in contract, after a tubal ligation was not performed. Donald Dinnie, CEO of Natmed Medical Defence writes ...


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June 2019 - Industry Watch

The devil's in the details. Natmed had published the first comprehensive overview of medical malpractice insurance in South Africa entitled Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurnace in South Africa. Four thousand years ago negligent physicians may have been subject to amputation when they killed or injured patients. Modern day doctors are , however, not only exposed to significant reputational damage and professional sanction but civil damages to.


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June 2019 - Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa

Dust off your theatre gowns, sharpen your scalpels, tighten your tourniquets and join Donald Dinnie on Friday, 21 June at the iiSA Learning Centre as he meanders through the world of medical malpractice insurance. Booking essential.

Venue: iiSA Learning Centre Ground Floor, Block B, Investment Place, 10th Road off 2nd Road, Hyde Park


June 2019 - Natmed Invites You To The Norton Rose Fulbright 2019 Medical Law Seminar

Natmed invites its clients to join them at the Norton Rose Fulbright 2019 Medical Law Seminar, on Wednesday the 12 June. Registration from 13:30. Seiminar from 14:00 to 16:00 followed by Cocktails and Canapes. Attendence is free.

Venue: Norton Rose Fulbright, 15 Alice Lane, Sandton


June 2019 - Surgicom Private Practice Meeting 2019



Natmed will have an exhibition stand at Surgicom Private Practice Meeting 2019 which is taking place on 8 and 9 June 2019 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Approximately 85 surgeons will be attending this conference. Download the Surgicom program here.


June 2019 - Industry Watch

Legal ‘jumble’ behind gynaecologist’s 5-year jail sentence. The recent Gauteng High Court judgment upholding a 5-year jail sentence for gynaecologist Dr Danie van der Walt fails to make unambiguous SA‘s criminal law position on culpable homicide and doctors but there is little prospect of a legislative remedy, writes Donald Dinnie of Natmed Medical Defence.
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May 2019 - Terms and Privacy

Please note that our Terms and Conditions have been updated.


April 2019 - Industry Watch

Non-Disclosure ... the moral hazards. Readers who have been following the latest allegations before the State Capture Inquiry regarding Gavin Watson will be aware of the debates on non-disclosure that arise from time to time. Published in the April issue of FANews. External link


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April 2019 - South Africa to host world first endoscopic gynaecology conference

South Africa is among a handful of countries that can claim to be leading the way in the field of endoscopic gynaecology. So, it is fitting that we will be hosting the world’s first endoscopic gynaecology conference this month, from 13 to 17 April, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).


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April 2019 - Industry Watch

Natmed releases Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Judgments External Link to article


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April 2019 - Ten Takeaways Informed Consent Part 4

Part 4 of Natmed's Ten Takeways series on Informed Consent. Special rules for emergencies.


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April 2019 - Ten Takeaways Informed Consent Part 3

Part 3 of Natmed's Ten Takeways series on Informed Consent. Special rules for children (minors).


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April 2019 - Industry Watch

Very few medical malpractice matters proceed all the way to a trial and judgment External Link to article


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March 2019 - Annual survey of medical malpractice judgements of 2018

This Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Judgments of 2018 is an industry first and yet another example of Natmed Medical Defence leading the way and contributing to the medical and medical malpractice insurance industries.

The Survey collates, reviews and comments on South African medical malpractice judgments of 2018. It represents South African law as at 31 December 2018.


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March 2019 - Into the Woods: Five cautionary tales

Donald Dinnie takes a tour through the world of fairytales and musical theatre and revisits some classic medico-legal judgements and the lessons they hold for medical practioners.


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March 2019 - Industry Watch

Public health medico-legal claims will render NHI ‘stillborn’ – medico-legal expert. External Link to article


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March 2019 - Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa

Natmed is very pleased to able to contribute further to the medical malpractice insurance industry and medical industries with the publication of Natmed's Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance in South Africa


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March 2019 - Industry Watch

Healthcare industry in flux, Donald Dinnie and Anness Bodiat. External Link to article


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March 2019 - Medico-Legal - 2018 Year in Review

Read about the judgements and legal principles of some of the medico-legal claims in 2018. PDF Download


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March 2019 - Industry Watch

There will always be medico-legal claims and the NHI needs to take that into account, Donald Dinnie, CEO of Natemed Medical Defence. External Link to article


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March 2019 - Press Release

Natmed Press Release - Natmed Medical Defence Releases its next Ten Takeaways. Press Release PDF


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March 2019 - Updated CPD Seminar Topics

Our team of experienced presenters, including our in-house lawyers, offer seminars, workshops or lectures on a range of topics and for any size of audience.


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Feb 2019 - New addition to the What-if Series

WHAT IF I receive a request for records? Part 1 and 2


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Jan 2019 - Industry Watch

Two new items to read in our Industry Watch section. The ‘battle of ideologies’ may further delay healthcare legislation, and Lessons from my first white boss.


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Jan 2019 - Introducing our legal administrators and representatives (under supervision)

Natmed is very pleased that Dominque and Bronwyn have recently added to their already impressive list of qualifications.


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January 2019 - The healtcare year in retrospect

2018 has set the stage for 2019 to be a challenging healthcare year.


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January 2019 - Opportunity for a new insurance compact

Transparency, education and expectation continue to bedevil the insurance relationship. And this, despite extensive regulation of the industry.


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January 2019 - Understanding non-disclosure

It is sometimes, incorrectly, thought that mere non-disclosure by an insured of any fact/s entitles the insurer to avoid the insurance policy. That is not so.


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January 2019 - Medical Defence Review 1st Edition

The Medical Defence Review is a collection of lay person friendly case reviews, lessons learnt, and guidelines for healthcare practitioners and healthcare facility operators.

Includes a CPD quiz for 2 Ethics CPD points.


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December 2018 - Ten Takeaways Informed Consent Part 2

Part 2 of our Ten Takeways series on Informed Consent. What information must a healthcare practioner provide?


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December 2018 - Introducing our legal administrators and representatives (under supervision)

Natmed is very pleased that Dominque and Bronwyn have recently added to their already impressive list of qualifications.


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December 2018 - Natmedipedia

We are pleased to announce the release of the Second Edition of the Natmed Glossary of Medical Negligence and Insurance Terms, now rebranded as “Natmedipedia.


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November 2018 - Industry Watch

Healthman: Donald Dinnie comments on the study by Prof Ethelwynn Stellenberg in the Food for Thought section of the Healthman Private Practice Review External Link to article


November 2018 - Honouring SA Doctors with National Doctors Day

In recognition of the critical role that South African doctors play in the healthy functioning of South African society, 16 November has been declared national Doctors Day.


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November 2018 - Insuretech Presentation

Cover: 6 June 1944 or How to Make Really Good Decisions. Presented on 7 June 2018 by Donald Dinnie and Robert Bennetto External Link to article


November 2018 - Industry Watch

Bizcommunity: Minors, blood transfusions and the court External Link to article


November 2018 - Minors, blood transfusions and the court

Cases involving the ordering of medical treatment of a minor against the wishes of their parents are always difficult


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November 2018 - Industry Watch

Business Brief: Risk management for the healthcare industry: the importance of checklists External Link to article


November 2018 - Industry Watch

Medical Brief: Nursing negligence in private hospitals External Link to article


October 2018 - Best before date of litigation

Does a harmed party have an unlimited amount of time to claim for damages from an alleged wrongdoer?


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October 2018 - Industry Watch

FANews: Good News for Medical Practitioners External Link to article


October 2018 - Managing the medical litigation crush series #1

This series looks at possible legal responses to the growth in medical malpractice litigation and the significant increase in the quantum of awards or settlements over the past few years.


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October 2018 - Good New for Medical Practitioners

Good news for healthcare practitioners and healthcare facility operators is found in the recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment MEC for Health, Western Cape V Qole


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October 2018 - Industry Watch

Medical Brief: Supreme Court judgment important for covering doctors External Link to article


October 2018 - Top 10 Takeways Informed Consent

Natmed’s Top Ten Takeaway series is a first stop point of reference for busy healthcare practitioners and healthcare facility operators.


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October 2018 - Industry Watch

FANews: Natmed Medical Defence comments on the recent judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Life Healthcare and Dr A.S Suliman External Link to article


October 2018 - Utmost Faith

In 1985 the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, at the time the highest court in the land, killed off the concept of insurance contracts as being contracts of the utmost good faith First published April 2018


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September 2018 - Resolving the Once and For All Conundrum

A huge amount of costs arise in medical malpractice claims in dealing with and resolving the quantum of damages to be paid a deserving claimant. First published April 2018


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September 2018 - The importance of checklists

An interesting tool for risk management in a medical setting looks deceptively simple: a checklist. First published August 2018


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September 2018 - Periodic Payments in Medico-legal Claims

A significant cost for all defendants in a medico-legal claim is that of a lump sum settlement or award. First published June 2018


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September 2018 - Bleak House, a tale of wealth and health for patients and doctors?

Why appropriate medico-legal reform improves the health of patients, avoiding the pursuit of wealth. First published July 2018


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August 2018 - The practice of “Defensive Medicine”

The number of medical malpractice claims in South Africa is rising at an alarming rate, and along with this trend is the potential increase in the practice of defensive medicine.


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August 2018 - Should it be Once and For All

In medical malpractice claims the once and for all rule has been criticized but no defendant has successfully challenged it. First published April 2018


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August 2018 - Lessons Never Learned

The recent judgment of the Pretoria High Court in Venter and The MEC for Health, Gauteng would be unexceptional but for the two important lessons tucked away in the banality of the findings
First published May 2018


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August 2018 - Secure your Passwords

Trouble with passwords, how to remember them and keep them safe, read this new opinion piece now.


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August 2018 - What-If #1 and #2 now available

Each What-If edition is a simplified guide to assist our insureds in regard to common medico-legal issues that may arise in the future.


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August 2018 - Medical Defence Review #1

The Medical Defence Review is a collection of lay person friendly case reviews, lessons learnt, and guidelines for healthcare practitioners.


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August 2018 - CPD Seminar Topics

Our team of experienced presenters, including our in-house lawyers, offer seminars, workshops or lectures on a range of topics and for any size of audience.


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April 2018 - Appointment of new CEO Donald Dinnie

As the famous Bob Dylan song and lyrics portray “For the times they are a-changin- we have exciting developments of progress within our Group that we wish to share.


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