Under-fire paediatric doctor withdraws from award ceremony

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News of the ceremony angered many of the parents whose children have died or were maimed.

Beale, responding via WhatsApp to questions from TimesLIVE on why he withdrew from the ceremony, said: “Ongoing uninformed ignorant trial by media — Hosken. I was not aware of an award or media involvement but appreciate recognition from medical colleagues [sic]”.In a follow-up telephonic interview she said Beale, and other doctors, had pulled out of the event.

“This was not a Beale function. He was a guest, who was invited three months ago. He, along with most of the doctors who would have attended, has now declined to come.”“This country needs good news and peace. There is no forgiveness or love or peace. Just [people] who want to keep grudges. Attorney Sinen Mnguni, who represents 19 families of children who either died or were maimed after Beale operated on them, said while they welcomed the withdrawal it was “too little too late”.

“It has caused great upset among the parents of the children. It is tantamount to spitting in the face of the parents who have lost or had their children injured as a result of what they claim is negligence by the doctor.”

 

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I'm confused as to why they would honor him with an award if they believe he's responsible for what they say he's done but I also guess the principle of innocent until before proved guilty was applied

Trial by media... sounds about right.

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