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Crackdown On Bogus Healthcare Practitioners: Congolese National Arrested

Christopher Tsatsawane, spokesperson for the HPCSA, emphasized the council's commitment to protecting the public

Crackdown On Bogus Healthcare Practitioners: Congolese National Arrested-SurgeZirc SA
Crackdown On Bogus Healthcare Practitioners: Congolese National Arrested

In a recent operation conducted by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the SA Police Services (SAPS), a Congolese national was apprehended for allegedly practising as a locum doctor without being registered with the HPCSA.

The arrest is part of an ongoing crackdown on bogus and unregistered healthcare practitioners in the country.

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The joint operation took place at a medical practice in Northriding, Johannesburg, where the HPCSA’s Inspectorate Office and SAPS conducted an inspection. During the inspection, it was discovered that the doctor in question had been practising in a doctor’s room without the necessary registration, thereby contravening the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974.

The arrested individual, a woman, was subsequently detained at Douglasdale SAPS and is expected to appear in court. The doctor who runs the medical practice, on the other hand, is registered with the HPCSA and will be reported to the Medical and Dental Board for employing an unregistered person.

Christopher Tsatsawane, spokesperson for the HPCSA, emphasized the council’s commitment to protecting the public. He urged community members to be cautious of bogus practitioners and report them to the authorities. Tsatsawane also highlighted the importance of registered practitioners refraining from employing unregistered individuals, as it puts the health and lives of the public at risk. Practising without proper registration is not only unethical but also a criminal offence.

To ensure the public’s safety, the HPCSA advises members of the public to verify the status of a practitioner by calling them. This simple step can help in identifying and avoiding unregistered or bogus healthcare practitioners.

The arrest of the Congolese national highlights the importance of regulating healthcare practitioners in South Africa. The HPCSA plays a crucial role in ensuring that only qualified and registered individuals are allowed to practice medicine in the country.

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By cracking down on bogus practitioners, the HPCSA aims to safeguard the public from potential harm. Unregistered individuals may lack the necessary qualifications, skills, and knowledge required to provide safe and effective healthcare services.

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Moreover, unregistered practitioners may not adhere to the ethical guidelines and standards set by the HPCSA. This can lead to substandard care, misdiagnosis, and even fatal consequences for patients.

The HPCSA encourages community members to be vigilant and report any suspicious healthcare practitioners to the authorities. By reporting bogus practitioners, individuals contribute to the overall safety and well-being of the community.

It is important to remember that healthcare practitioners must meet certain requirements and undergo rigorous training to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. By seeking treatment from registered and qualified practitioners, patients can ensure that they receive the best possible care.

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Thato Motaung for SurgeZirc SA
Thato Motaung for SurgeZirc SA
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