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Surviving family in 'fatigue crash' to sue Health dept over long doctors hours

The surviving family of a car crash, which left a young medical intern dead, plans to take legal action against the Department of Health for putting lives at risk by allowing interns to work lengthy shifts.

Earlier this month, Ilne Markwat was killed in the collision when she allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel after working a very long shift at Paarl Hospital.

Carol Mostert and her fiance were critically injured in the car crash on the N1 near Klapmuts and are receiving medical care at Tygerberg Hospital.

The crash victim's sister, Janine Schouw, says that the family will meet with attorney's this week to discuss plans to take legal action against the department.

We're definitely going to be taking this further... It's just absolutely insane that in today's world people are still expecting doctors to work these long hours... Something needs to be done.

Janine Schouw, sister of crash victim Carol Mostert

I'm urging junior doctors to come forward and give statements. Let's take it to the Constitutional Court, where the changes can be made.

Janine Schouw, sister of crash victim Carol Mostert

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