Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
1 Feb 2021
5:18 pm

Doctor demands that charges against him be reinstated, so he can defend himself

Bernadette Wicks

The doctor stood accused of trying to influence a patient against having an abortion, and says he wants the withdrawn charges against him reinstated by the HPCSA, so he can defend himself and clear his name.

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The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) last year announced it was withdrawing misconduct charges it had brought against an intern doctor accused of having tried talking a patient out of having an abortion, but the doctor insists he still wants his proverbial day in court. In 2017, Jacques De Vos - who was at the time completing his internship in the gynaecology department at Cape Town’s 2 Military Hospital - allegedly told a pregnant patient who was considering having an abortion that a foetus was a human being and likened abortion to murder. The HPCSA subsequently brought charges...