Medical Malpractice for Healthcare Professionals
What should you do if your response to a HPCSA complaint is not accepted.
A HPCSA complaint could lead to fines, suspension of license or complete striking off of the register but is not the same as a civil court case as the patient or complainant cannot claim damages.
A subpoena compels a witness to provide a court with information or documents on a specific date, time and location. It is issued by an officer of the court (for example the registrar of the court) and is usually served (formally delivered) by the sheriff of the court.
A summons is a court issued document which starts the litigation process. The summons states the names of the complainant, known as the plaintiff, and the defendant(s) against whom the case is made.
A Request for Records is a formal request for copies of documents in your possession. This 2 part “What If?” deals with documents held by private healthcare practitioners and private healthcare establishments, for example doctors in private practice and private hospitals. Different rules apply when documents are requested from public health establishments.
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