Identifying healthcare incidents, recognising he needs of those affected, examining what happened to understand the causes, and responding with action to mitigate will be among the key considerations to be discussed during an online symposium on Healthcare Incident Investigations from 09h00 this Wednesday, 5 May*.

To be convened by Bradley Research together with partners The Advisory Group and ANE Health Risk Consultants, the discussions will be aimed at creating a better understanding and appreciation of the science of professional incident investigation in order to curb medicolegal claims.

As pointed out in the symposium promotional brochure, at the end of March 2020 the National Treasury’s contingent liability was R111.5-billion for medicolegal claims against provincial departments of health – almost half of the country’s health budget.

From the proceedings it is intended that delegates will be able to reflect on the management and investigation of healthcare incidents, develop a risk-based approach to these, and identify new strategies for the investigation of serious incidents.

Speakers will include Dr Branda Kubheka, health risk manager and ethics consultant, certified patient safety specialist Dr Dumi Kamani, Dr Obed Mphofu, occupational health practitioner and admitted attorney, and Dr Bradley Beira, health risk and medicolegal consultant.

*For registration and further details, contact  thabiso@bradleyresearch.co.za