Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

All power to Hans Fabricius, SC!

Let's hope Manto Tshabalala-Msimang finally gets reigned in. The Pretoria High Court is currently hearing an appeal on behalf of 11 000 medical practitioners by the gloriously named Hans Fabricius, charging that her decision on dispensing regulations infringed on doctors' right to dignity, freedom of movement and of practicing their professions freely.

I cannot agree more. Whilst there are definite imbalances in private healthcare locations run down racial geography, the solution surely is in the partnering with the medical profession, not resorting to 'apartheid-like', draconian laws that define where a free doctor can or cannot employ his skills. The dispensing regulations force a doctor to choose between his profession and his community, something which smacks of the ultimate for of state interference. Surely this is a constitutional issue?

Perhaps this is where more liberal roots show, but I cannot believe that this much state interference can be in the best interests of the country.