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12 April 2018
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Q. Are patients entitled to a second opinion if the initial application is refused?

A. If an application for a recommendation has been refused, the applicant can apply for a recommendation in respect of the same person from another registered medical practitioner.

It is vital to note that any applicant, whether making an initial application or applying for a second opinion, is obliged by law to inform the registered medical practitioner from whom he seeks the recommendation or second opinion of the facts relating to the previous application and its refusal in so far as they are aware of them, as well as the facts relating to any other application and its refusal made previously in relation to that person, as far as they are aware of them. Failure to do this is an offence.