Concern about misconduct of healthcare practitioners

Some of these allegations are true and some are not. The committee is concerned about the ones that are true as they damage the image of the profession. Since its inception this committee has attended to ninety nine matters and observed the following types of complaints during their enquiries: •    Claiming for services not rendered […]

Are you considering foreign qualifications?

The HPCSA has observed an increase in the number of students pursuing their studies abroad, only to find upon their return to South Africa, that their medical qualification obtained is not always regarded as equivalent to, or on the same standard as those obtained locally. The HPCSA cautions students who are considering studying medicine abroad […]

Reminder to pay annual fees

The HPCSA urges all healthcare practitioners to ensure that their annual fees are paid by 1 April 2015. On time payments eliminate the need for penalty fees or being suspended from practice. Non-compliance can lead to a variety of punishments, as practicing without an HPCSA registration is a criminal offence in terms of the Health […]

Anaesthesiologists take note!

Anaesthesiologists should not delegate important aspects of their work to others, warns the HPCSA. The Medical and Dental Professions Board of the HPCSA is urging anaesthesiologists to do their own billing and to acquire informed consent from their patients. The board believes anaesthesiologists are delegating too much responsibility to surgeons and patients when dealing with […]

An update on the case of Dr Wouter Basson

In December 2013, at a hearing held by the Professional Conduct Committee for the HPCSA, the committee found Dr Wouter Basson guilty of unprofessional conduct on a number of counts. Six charges were initially brought against Dr Basson, however, he was acquitted on three charges. This was following an application for discharge, the ruling of […]

Roadshows for Practitioners and the Public

The aim of the roadshows is to engage with practitioners, educate and update you on a number of pertinent issues such as clarifying the role of the HPCSA, how to avoid litigation, ethical guidelines, rules on the latest rulings, as well as to share any challenges or concerns that you may have. They take the […]

Be part of the international trend

Continuing Professional Development plays a vital role in helping healthcare professionals acquire new and updated levels of knowledge, skills and ethical attitudes that will not only add measureable benefits to the professional practice of medicine, but also enhance and promote professional integrity, that will not only benefit the practitioner but will also assure the public […]

Measles update from Institute for Communicable Diseases

There have been only three laboratory-confirmed measles cases with onset of illness in 2015 – as at 12 February 2015. The cases were all from the ZF Mgcawu District in the Northern Province. This follows the 63 laboratory-confirmed measles cases reported in 2014 from the Northern Cape and Gauteng provinces. Laboratory-confirmed measles cases have not […]

Exam for dental assistants

The board has implemented a board examination for student dental assistants who are currently registered under the “grandfather clause”, which means they have not completed the qualification, but are registered based on their experience. The requirement for registration as a dental assistant is successful completion of a National Certificate in Dental Assisting from the University […]

State of the Nation Address, what does it mean for the healthcare sector?

“Operation Phakisa on Scaling Up the Ideal Clinic Initiative is aimed at promoting efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism in clinics: Over the past five years, government has scored significant gains in healthcare. This year, government is going to launch a massive programme to turn the tide against tuberculosis (TB), with a special focus on three communities, […]

Budgeting for health

This is how the budget for 2015 affects your health: “The expenditure on health and social protection will continue to grow steadily, contributing to better life expectancy and household income security. Health spending will reach R178 billion in 2017/18. There has been a marked reduction in child mortality over the past five years, supported by […]

Nominations of members of the Professional Board for Emergency Care

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974) (“the Act”), to serve and protect the public and to provide guidance to registered healthcare practitioners. In terms of the Regulations relating to the nominations and appointments of members […]

Off- site registration

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) embarked on an “off site registration campaign that took place on 20 November to 19 December 2014. The aim of the campaign was to make registration simple and faster for all interns and community service practitioners as a result reducing the traffic flow at the walk in […]

Mental health for all

The National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013-2020*: An important milestone in the transformation of mental health services delivery in South Africa. Prof Tholene Sodi, Chairperson: Professional Board for Psychology (HPCSA), Pretoria Ms Dudu Shiba & Mr Sifiso Phakathi,  National Department of Health, Pretoria In June 2013 the National Health Council of South […]

Payment of Annual fees

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory body, established in terms of the Health Professions Act and is committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions. The HPCSA, in conjunction with its 12 Professional Boards, is committed to promoting the health of the population, determining standards of professional education and […]


It is not uncommon at this time of year, for organisations and individuals alike, to reminisce on what has been in the year gone by. Perhaps it’s in the passing of the calendar year that forces us to measure our achievement against earlier aspirations, or the accomplishments of others. This year has been a fruitful […]


South Africa recently participated in the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, not many of us know the history and meaning behind the campaign. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign, which originates from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in […]


Congratulations to our outstanding top HPCSA Departmental Idols for 2014 (trust me, there was definitely no singing involved). The Departmental Idol Awards aim to recognise the achievement and contributions that a person makes in a particular department. Departmental Idols are those staff members that others in the department look up to and aspire to be […]


Payroll officer Mashudu Haji gives us a glimpse of the real person behind the efficient individual who ensures that we all get paid! In this edition of On The Ground (OTG) we profile Mashudu Rebecca Haji, the Payroll Officer in the Human Resources Division. She was born and bred in Thohoyandou Ha Mutoti. Tell us […]


The PR department needs your help coming up with a new name for the Crew News- the employee newsletter for the HPCSA. Feeling creative and inspired? Well now is the opportune time to let your creative juices flow and get to work. The PR Department is in the process of renaming our internal newsletter “Crew News” […]