In terms of the Health Care Act of 2003, there is a statutory obligation on a Medical Practitioner to explain in the greatest of detail the treatment / procedure that is planned for a patient.
The Practitioner must obtain the written informed consent of the patient before treatment can commence. High standards of care is expected of Medical Practitioners. They are by law accountable for the patient. The test applied to ascertain whether a Practitioner has carried out his obligation to the patient with the highest care and consideration or whether he / she was negligent in their duty, is that of the reasonable qualified Medical Practitioner.
If the Practitioner does not uphold this standard the patient has a right of recourse against the Practitioner for negligence when an operation goes wrong, substandard care is given or the wrong medication is prescribed. If you are the victim of a Practitioner’s wrong doing contact De Meyer De Vries Attorneys.