Tue, 25 Jun 2013 03:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Media violated medical ethics over Mandela: South African presidency

Xinhua quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying that Mandela's privacy and dignity are at stake


Media violated medical ethics over Mandela: South African presidency (© Reuters)

Cape Town: The South African Presidency has criticised certain sections of the media for transgressing medical ethics in covering the hospitalisation of former president Nelson Mandela.

"The doctors have indicated very firmly that some of the reporting is transgressing on medical ethics, not just in relation to doctor/patient confidentially, but in relation to the way in which doctors are being interviewed for their opinion," Xinhua quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying. Mandela's privacy and dignity are at stake, Maharaj said.

He criticised some media outlets for broadcasting unverified information about Mandela's health condition. The government earlier confirmed a media report that an ambulance transporting Mandela broke down June 8 for more than 40 minutes on a highway. The government, however, insisted that Mandela suffered no harm during this period.

All care was taken to ensure that Mandela's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident, a presidential statement said.

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