Medical negligence claims against the state soar to R104bn
In the eye of the storm are the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal
Claims for medical negligence against the state have more than tripled over the past four years, rising to a staggering R104.5bn in 2019, as patients seek redress for harm allegedly wrought by SA’s overstretched public health system.
While only a fraction of these claims are likely to be upheld, provincial health departments have nevertheless faced a four-fold increase in payouts to victims of medical negligence over the same period. This has sapped the resources available for providing services.