Africa’s mid-level health workers need better training

A new study highlights key areas where Africa’s health systems can assist in the reduction of maternal and child mortality, infectious diseases, trauma and violence, HIV/AIDS and emerging chronic diseases in their communities.

Cancellations and no-shows

The nature of certain professions or specialties registered with the HPCSA may make it difficult for practitioners to sustain their practice if patients do not honour their appointments. As a result, some practitioners charge patients for failing to arrive for their appointments. There has been some confusion on the ethical basis of this practice. There […]

Guidance on split-billing

Split-billing occurs when a medical supplier provides two accounts for the same service. One is sent to the medical scheme, listing the medical scheme tariff amount, and another to the member or patient. The member will pay the supplier what they think is a co-payment, but the amount paid does not appear on the claim […]

Adhering to scope of practice

All individuals who practise any of the health care professions incorporated in the scope of the HPCSA are legally obliged to register with the Council. The 12 Professional Boards are established for the various professions. Registered practitioners must adhere to the regulations that specify the functions of their professions’ scopes of practice. The Council is aware of […]

Dr Letlape elected AMCOA President

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) congratulates its President Dr Tebogo Kgosietsile Solomon Letlape on his election as the 10th President of the Association of the Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA). Dr Letlape will serve a term of three years until 2021. AMCOA’s primary purpose is to support medical regulatory authorities in the […]

HPCSA’s Health Committee

In terms of the HPCSA’s mandate of protecting the public and guiding the professions. The HPCSA is responsible for ensuring that healthcare practitioners are fit to practice their profession free from any physical or mental impairment. The Health Committee (HC) of Council is sanctioned in terms of Section 51 of the Health Professions Act, 56 […]

Call for evaluators for medical internship training have closed

Medical Practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) were invited to submit applications to serve on the Subcommittee for Internship Training (Medical) as “Evaluators”. Applications for these positions closed on 17 August 2018.   Any further correspondence can be directed to: Postal address: The Registrar, Att: Ms S Langa P O Box 205, […]

Tribute to medical pioneer

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on Monday, 30 July 2018, joined South Africans in paying tribute to one of the top cardiologists in the country, Prof. Bongani Mawethu Mayosi. Prof. Mayosi was one of the brilliant minds, a pioneer and a medical giant in the research on heart ailments. His first engagement with the […]

Keeping the record straight

HPCSA registered practitioners are advised to adhere to the following guidelines on record keeping that will also improve clinical outcomes, reduce waste, and ensure stakeholder engagement and satisfaction. Basic patient information requirements: Personal (identifying) particulars of the patient. Bio-psychosocial history including allergies and idiosyncrasies. Time, date and place of every consultation. Assessment of the patient’s […]