'Patient-doctor confidentiality needs to be reviewed'

Health ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba says that the issue of medical confidentiality needs to be reviewed as doctors are now living in a modern world.

He says that doctors practice in a modern world that has changed. A world of selfies and social media. They cannot be stuck in the past to protect their profession.

This is in response to the debate on whether Dr Vejay Ramlakan's book on his patient Nelson Mandela violates doctor-patient confidentiality. The book is being pulled from the shelves by Penguin Publishers.

Read a different view: "Madiba would have to give express consent for doctor to share medical details"

I haven't read Ramlakan's book, but so far I've heard lots of emotion. I heard no facts as to what breached the patient doctor relationship. Not a single one has come out that actually can stand to scrutiny.

Professor Malegapuru Makgoba

Listen to Makgoba's full thoughts below:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Patient-doctor confidentiality needs to be reviewed'


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