Doctor found not negligent

Lee-Anne Butler

THE Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) set aside a charge of unprofessional conduct against a Grahamstown doctor at a hearing in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

The hearing by an HPCSA committee was held to determine whether Dr Stuart Dwyer, chief forensic medical officer based at the Health Department’s mortuary in Grahamstown, had been negligent by issuing an incorrect postmortem result in May 2006.

Instead, the committee found that Dwyer had been a victim of police collusion to hide the fact that police members had killed the deceased, Shadrack Nkuzo.

“Obviously it is a relief and nice to know that these hearings are done so efficiently,” Dwyer said.

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