Scalpel War


Scalpel War

The scalpels are out in an almighty row involving heart surgeons, anaesthetists, hospital management, the Health Professions Council, a few heart patients who barely survived surgery in the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital – and some who did not.

In short, at various times over the past ten years various surgeons and anaesthetists have lodged formal complaints and drawn up reports about the allegedly “terrifying” incompetence of two of their colleagues, doctors Hamid Munir and George Mphahlele.

Both men are certified to practise as cardiothoracic surgeons by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Dr Munir received his first medical degree from Punjab Medical College in Pakistan, then emigrated to South Africa, where he proceeded to the Free State University School of Medicine to specialise in cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr Mphahlele obtained both his undergraduate and specialist qualifications from the University of Cape Town Medical School at Groote Schuur Hospital. He took up his appointment in Port Elizabeth shortly after graduating in 2006.

The two have hit back by describing their critics as patronising racists and accusing  two of them of earning secret commissions on medical supplies ordered by ...

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Keywords:
Hospital
Medical
Health
Sizwe Kupelo
Hamid Munir
George Mphahlele
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Incompetent
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
Cybercrime
Cyber Fraud
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Submitted by : Niek Zwart of Graaff-Reinet on 2013-11-23 15:18:04
What happens to other profesionals in the world who fail the competancy test in their profession????
They get fired!!!!!!!!
If through their incompetance some is killed...criminal case....jail!!!
Who may we ask, are to decide whether more peoples lives are going to be endangered by a 'pofessional' @$#&%$&@

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