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Regulatory body is ordered to inquire into doctor's decision to test patient for HIV without permission

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:949
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    A high court in South Africa is to force the Health Professions Council, the statutory body that registers doctors and regulates their professional affairs, to hold a hearing into the conduct of a doctor who failed to disclose the HIV status of a patient he had tested without her permission.

    The decision stemmed from the council's refusal to hold an inquiry after it made a decision that was based only on the doctor's evidence.

    The case arose after the patient, known only as VRM, had a stillborn baby apparently as a result of her HIV infection, a …

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