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 […]

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 […]