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hpcsaOn Thursday, the Solidarity Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners strongly condemned alleged corruption at the Health Professions Council of SA (HPSCA), which it said could lead to unqualified doctors and nurses unlawfully getting accreditation.  

The trade union’s occupational guild put forward the view that uncertainty regarding qualifications would continue until private medical training and accreditation become possible.  Bhekisisa reported earlier in April that the government’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU) was awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that HPSCA employees might have taken bribes in exchange for medical registrations and board exam passes.  Hennie Bierman, Head of the Guilds at Solidarity, welcomed an investigation by the SIU, but said stronger steps were needed to prevent such corruption in future.  He commented that investigation would merely tackle the symptoms of a dysfunctional system instead of determining its cause.  “The fact is that the current system wherein training and accreditation is practically exclusively done by the state, simply does not provide the necessary incentives and liabilities to stop such misconduct even before it happens.  We must therefore take precaution rather than aftercare,” said Bierman.

  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in the above regard at Solidarity News
  • Read too, Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?, at Bhekisasa


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