Another law change prevents proper healthcare delivery

Chris Bateman


A year-old amendment to the Births and Deaths Registration Act, making the cause of death confidential to all but Statistics South Africa officials, has effectively torpedoed mortality surveillance for public health planning in the Western Cape.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG, South Africa

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Births and Deaths Registration Act; Statistics South Africa; Mortality surveillance; Public health planning

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(4):244-245. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9553

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Date submitted: 2015-03-02
Date published: 2015-03-11

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