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Medical council fails to act over breaches of confidentiality

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:386
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

South Africa's medical registration body, the Health Professions Council, faces court proceedings to force it to explain its inaction over complaints about doctors testing patients for HIV and disclosing the results to employers.

The AIDS Law Project of Witwatersrand University, which is acting for the patients, has laid a charge with the public protector, whose constitutional duty it is in South Africa to deal with accusations of maladministration of any government or government related body. The Health Professions Council also faces High Court action to force it to give …

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