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medicaldoctorThe Star reports that an astonishing 43 bogus doctors were discovered this year alone to have been illegally practising in SA.  

Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) spokesperson Priscilla Sekhonyana said the majority of the bogus doctors had been found in the Western Cape and Gauteng.  There had been over 400 complaints against bogus doctors since the beginning of the year.  “We’re not just shutting down illegal practices - those who may be doctors but not registered - we’re also closing down practices of people who masquerade as health-care professionals,” Sekhonyana indicated.  According to her, there have been successful convictions, although the data was inconclusive about how many people had been sent to jail.  Such doctors pose a risk to patients as they may give incorrect diagnoses, prescriptions and surgical procedures.  If something goes wrong with a patient, the HPCSA will have no jurisdiction to discipline the unregistered doctors.  But, the HPCSA has established an Inspectorate Office to deal with the issue of illegal practice by unregistered persons.  It is working with law enforcement, the National Prosecuting Authority, other regulatory bodies and the public to identify bogus practitioners.  The HPCSA also conducts awareness campaigns to educate members of the public to identify and report unregistered persons.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lehlohonolo Mashigo at The Star

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