Regulatory body is ordered to inquire into doctor's decision to test patient for HIV without permissionBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.949-a (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:949
- Pat Sidley
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 …