HPCSA embarks on public road show

HPCSA embarks on public road show

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has embarked on a public road show to educate patients on their rights. The move comes amid recent stiff criticism of the body.

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Rebeiro qualified as a doctor at Makarere University in Uganda, the oldest medical school in east Africa.
Rebeiro qualified as a doctor at Makarere University in Uganda, the oldest medical school in east Africa.

The road show recently came to Soshanguve north of Pretoria where about 370 community members who learned about the HPCSA’s role as a statutory oversight body as well as the Patients’ Rights Charter.

“The council, in terms of the Health Professions Act no 56 of 17, is committed to promote the health of the population (and) determines the standard of professional education and training in order to avoid irregularities,” said HPCSA Public Relations Officer Priscilla Sekhonyana.

Jane Nyatlo a tuberculosis patient who attends Soshanguve’s Maria Rantho Clinic. She called the community meeting informative.

“Now I know that I have a choice in who to seek help from, and I learnt much about the Patients’ Rights Charter,” she told OurHealth.

HPCSA CEO Dr Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba encouraged community members to report bogus health providers.

The council has drawn criticism most recently following reports that it has refused to register Kenyan Dr Michael Rebeiro. Now a qualified plastic surgeon, Rebeiro spent eight years treating patients and supervising junior doctors as a registrar without pay.

The HPCSA however has refused to register Rebeiro unless he repeats his undergraduate degree as well as possibly two additional years. Rebeiro qualified as a doctor at Makarere University in Uganda, the oldest medical school in east Africa.

The is also body is expected to undergo a major shake up following a high-level inquiry into the body.