As SA grapples with a shortage of skilled medical personnel, the regulatory body for health-care professionals was dealt a blow in court for its tardiness over seven years in registering a Swiss orthopaedic surgeon.

The Health Professions Council of SA was ordered by judge David Makhoba in the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday to make a decision on the registration application of Dr Markus Michel within 90 days and pay a punitive cost order on an attorney-client scale...

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