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CPD: Comply or Goodbye, HPCSA Warns Docs

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has warned practitioners who do not comply with the requirements of the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme by the end of the year that they will be removed from the register. Although removal from the register is regarded as a last resort, Marella O’Reilly, acting CEO and registrar […]

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Telephonic Consultation Initiatives the ‘Wrong Medicine’ for Patient Care?

The legality of several private health care initiatives using modern technology to consult and advise patients has come under severe fire from the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and the South African Medical Association (Sama). However, providers of these services argue that legislation and regulations governing telemedicine in SA haven’t yet caught up with […]

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‘Perverse Incentives’ Radiologist Found Guilty

Well-known Pretoria radiologist, Dr Henry Syming­ton has been found guilty of paying more than R7m in ‘perverse incentives’ to colleagues to entice them to relocate their medical practices to the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital and to refer patients to the facility. He appeared before the disciplinary committee of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) last […]

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Fear of Speaking Out Compromising Patient Safety

Poor communication is deadly, especially in critical care settings. When communication breaks down in intensive care units (ICU) and operating rooms, the result is catastrophic harm and even death. This is the chilling reality highlighted in an American study released earlier this year entitled The Silent Treatment: Why Safety Tools and Checklists Aren’t Enough to […]

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Taking the Gap: Carrots for our GPs

Dr Ron Kemper I’m finding that writing this column is becoming increasingly difficult. I am now so out of step that I can no longer relate to what is going on out there. I see a population of GPs who are overworked, abused, preyed upon, cheated and underpaid. They are increasingly becoming a scarce commodity and […]

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