Engaging with society
Nazia Peer is a medical doctor reading for a master of laws degree in the legal aspects of medical practice at Cardiff University. In 2006 she was awarded the Nelson Mandela scholarship, which recognises the leadership potential of young South Africans. She published her first novel, House of Peace, in 2005 and has written an award winning short story. Tiago Villanueva finds out more
It should become a necessity. Doctors work in an environment that exposes them to legally binding situations with every patient. These have important consequences and cannot be ignored as they were in the past. In terms of good healthcare practice, doctors need to understand their patients and their rights, as well as their own. Medical law should be an essential part of health education, especially in a country where we want to improve levels of health care.
Yes I do, at some point. HIV is crippling our country and mere patient contact strengthens my hope and commitment to the cause. I do, however, want to focus on public health policy in South Africa and maybe do some research in this area.