The Bulletin 2015

The Bulletin magazine will be mailed out early in December 2015. The magazine is crammed with critical information for HPCSA registered practitioners on subjects ranging from new developments in the respective fields, guidance around professional conduct and best practices in healthcare delivery. As always the HPCSA strives to contribute to quality standards that promote the […]

The relationship between odontogenic infections and body mass index

By PJ van Wyk and M van der Walt Introduction and literature review Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common childhood disease and the most frequent non-communicable disease worldwide1. In South Africa as in the rest of the world, most of the dental decay remains untreated with significant impact on general health, quality of […]

All practitioners must register

Any qualified medical professional wishing to practise must be registered with the Health Professionals Council. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Registering with the HPCSA is a legal requirement in order to practise in a profession that falls under its protection and authority, regardless of the fact that one has obtained a qualification […]

Rates discrepancies are unethical

Practitioners must be aware that it is unethical to charge lesser fees for patients paying out of pocket and higher fees for patients covered by medical insurance. The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recently been inundated with complaints from the public relating to out of pocket payments even when they are covered […]

Get your first aid certificate

First aid is compulsory for all OTs The Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics and Art Therapy Board (OCP) requires that all newly qualified practitioners must have a first aid certificate in order to register with the Board. This requirement extends to qualified practitioners already registered with the Board, who can obtain a first aid […]

Benefits of registration

You may not practice without registering with the HPCSA, but there are also many advantages to being part of the healthcare community. Practitioners whose professions fall within the ambit of the HPCSA are obliged to register. In return, the practitioner can rest assured that the profession is safeguarded. The role of the HPCSA apart from […]

Importance of paying annual fees

Practitioners are reminded to pay their annual fees for the 2015 registration period. The deadline for the annual fee was 1 April 2015. However, the payment period has been extended to 31 August 2015. Failure to pay by the due date will result in immediate suspension from the register. Annual fees are determined by the […]

Become a Medical Internship Evaluator

Practitioners who wish to make a commitment to their profession by serving as medical internship evaluators can apply now. Interested medical practitioners registered with the HPCSA are invited to submit applications to serve on the Internship Subcommittee (Medical) as “evaluators” for a period of three (3) years commencing on 1 January 2016 to 31 December […]

Is public health your priority?

If you are interested in epidemiology and public health, make your application to participate in the South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme for 2016. The growing field of public health and epidemiology brings exciting opportunities for graduates and professionals from health related fields to become competent in applied epidemiology of diseases and conditions relevant to […]

Public awareness campaign in Gauteng

The HPCSA will be hosting a awareness campaign targeting the public and the practitioners in September. The purpose of these events is the fulfillment of the Council’s statutory aims of protecting the public and guiding the professions. The events will take place over two days, 15 – 16 September, starting with the practitioners’ event on […]

Caution to Dental Therapists in private practice

The Professional Board of Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene has noticed that some of the Dental Therapists in private practice are referring themselves as Dental Practitioners. The Board advises those who use the above title to refrain from doing so as it is not permissible and is misleading the public. The correct title to be […]

Phasing out of Board Examination for Student Dental Assistants

The Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene would like to remind practitioners of the phasing out of the Board examination for student dental assistants. The requirement for registration as a Dental Assistant is based on the the successful completion of a National Certificate in Dental Assisting from a University of Technology, recognised in […]

Competition Commission inquiry

As per the notice published on 29 November 2013, the Competition Commission will conduct a market inquiry into the private healthcare sector. The terms of reference were also set out and an independent panel of experts have been appointed. The terms of reference define the private healthcare sector as “that portion of healthcare services that […]

Fee update

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has published updated fee structures for registration, re-registration and penalties for its various professional boards. The gazette was issued on 14 April 2015. In addition to the updated fees list, the gazette also includes fees payable under the Health Professions Act for the restoration of a name […]

Avoid the Qs!

In a bid to curb the increasing demands of registering practitioners and processing the annual renewal fees, the HPCSA embarked on a nationwide off-site renewals campaign. This initiative is aimed to combat the long queues that are often experienced each year at the HPCSA offices in Pretoria. The effectivity of the HPCSA to service its […]

Doctors avoid specialising in high risk disciplines

Doctors are avoiding “high risk” specialist medical disciplines like obstetrics and gynaecology due to an increase in medical malpractice claims. This was revealed by the Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi when addressing various stakeholders, including health experts, hospital groups, managers and interested parties in the health industry, at the Medico Legal Summit held in March […]

What is informed consent?

A successful relationship between healthcare practitioner and patient depends on mutual trust. In order to establish that trust practitioners must respect the autonomy of their patients. Patients must be given sufficient information in a way that they understand, to enable them to exercise their right to make informed decisions about their care. This is what […]

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 […]