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
• Practicing outside the scope
• Fraudulent claims
• Unprofessional conduct
The Professional Board of Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene calls upon all Practitioners who fall under the ambit of this board to refrain from these unethical activities as its primary mandate is to protect the public and guide the professions.
The board would also like to remind practitioners under its ambit to always observe the Ethical Rules of Conduct for Practitioners registered under the Health Professions Act, 1974, and the rules of conduct pertaining to the professions of dental therapy, oral hygiene and dental assisting.
The ethical rules are available on the HPCSA website.
Last Updated on 6 March 2015 by HPCSA Corporate Affairs