Crackdown on bogus KZN medical practitioners

Crackdown on bogus KZN medical practitioners

Blow the whistle on bogus health practitioners, says the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). 

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Though the council says it's a challenge that continues to weigh down the healthcare sector. 

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HPCSA's Eric Mphaphuli says they are extremely concerned about the number of people posing as fake doctors, nurses and other personnel. 

KZN Health this week opened a criminal probe after the arrest of a woman who allegedly posed as an intern, working at various local hospitals. The 23-year-old hasn't completed high school. 

Mphaphuli says imposters cannot be allowed to gamble with people's lives. 

He says they're working with police to end this problem.

"We have received complaints about people who are not registered practitioners; hence our inspectors are also working during this time conducting investigations, even during this time of the coronavirus. 

"So that they ensure that people who are practising are registered practitioners and those who are practising illegally are identified and then referred to the police for investigations. 

"We urge the public to report whenever there is suspension of anyone practising without being registered," says Mphaphuli. 

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