AbstractA recent week-long course on South African health law has inspired this editorial. Many laws and acts govern the way in which anaesthesia is practised, both in the public and private sectors. These include the Constitution, the National Health Act, the Health Professions Act, the Consumer Protection Act, the Children’s Act, the Mental Health Care Act, and for those involved in obstetrics and gynaecology, the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act.
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