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Medical Ethics In South Africa

As with almost everything in today’s world, the world of medicine is monitored and regulated so that patients are treated according to a certain standard. Medical ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values and judgements to the practice of medicine.

Different medical ethics are applied all over the world. The ethics may differ between the Western medical world and its Eastern counterpart, and also between the various countries. The values that commonly apply to medical ethics in South Africa include:

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is the governing body which sets out the medical ethics in South Africa, to which each and every healthcare practitioner must adhere to. The HPCSA was founded for public protection and professional guidance. It is a statutory body, established in terms of the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974. The HPCSA, together with the twelve professional Boards that operate under its jurisdiction, is committed to:

The HPCSA may establish disciplinary committees/professional conduct committees to which it will delegate the power to institute an inquiry into any complaint.

If you would like to know more about medical ethics in South Africa, contact Adele van der Walt Incorporated for professional legal advice.