In a significant blow to South Africa’s healthcare system, a staggering 124 individuals posing as doctors have been apprehended, according to Minister of Health Joe Phaahla.
The arrests came as a result of a rigorous crackdown conducted by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), highlighting the presence of a widespread network of fraudulent medical practitioners.
The alarming revelation emerged when concerns were raised by the HPCSA about the activities of unregistered doctors operating within various towns and cities.
Exploiting loopholes within the system, these impostors managed to deceive patients by either accepting illicit cash payments or practicing under the guise of registered doctors within the private sector.
Minister Phaahla unequivocally affirmed that engaging in medical practice without the necessary approvals from the HPCSA is a flagrant violation of the law. Section 17 of the Health Professions Act categorizes this offense as a criminal act, underlining the seriousness of the matter.
The arrest of such a large number of fraudulent doctors serves as a reminder of the need for stringent measures to safeguard the integrity of South Africa’s medical sector.
The HPCSA’s efforts to apprehend these impostors demonstrate a commitment to upholding the highest standards of healthcare and protecting the welfare of patients.
The investigation into this vast network of fake doctors is ongoing, and it is anticipated that further revelations will shed light on the extent of their deceptive practices.
As the South African healthcare system grapples with this disconcerting issue, the authorities remain vigilant in their pursuit of justice and the eradication of this fraudulent activity.