‘Litsha medico struck off the roll

2015-06-25 06:01

A doctor practising in Khayelitsha’s Solomon Tshuku Avenue struck off the doctors roll after selling fake medical certificates. 

Mandla Mahashe

A doctor practising in Khayelitsha’s Solomon Tshuku Avenue struck off the doctors roll after selling fake medical certificates. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A medical doctor practising in Khayelitsha has been struck off the register after being found guilty of offences including selling false sick certificates to patients.

Dr R.F Mahfouz was taken off the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) roll after he appeared in front of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Medical and Dental Professions Board following a High Court interdict.

At the court he was found guilty, informed that he was barred from practising medicine and dismissed from the Public Service and cannot practise as a General Practitioner.

According to a statement released by HPCSA’s Charmaine Motloung, Dr Mahfouz was found guilty on three charges.

“He was found guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined in section 1 of the Act in that he issued medical certificates to a variety of patients employed at a variety of employers, and recommending sick leave purportedly on the basis of his examination of the patients during the period from October 2008 to December 2010 without just cause,” she said.

The doctor was also found guilty of unprofessional conduct after failing to keep proper patient records of the patients he had handed the dubious certificates to when he was requested to do so during investigations.

“He was also found guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined in section 1 of the Act in that he practised in a capacity other than his registration category namely: General Practitioner – Public Service at Solomon Tshuku Street, Site C, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Western Cape,” said Motloung.

She added that the HPCSA had a mandate that it needs to uphold: protecting the public and guiding the professions.

Xolani Jwili, area committee leader in Solomon Tshuku Avenue, welcomed the actions of the HPCSA saying that such behaviour cannot be tolerated. He said it was immoral for doctors to sell medical certificates to healthy patients who want to avoid work.

“Maybe it will send a strong message to the doctors as well as the patients that collude to conduct such offences. It is totally wrong and I applaud the HPCSA for punishing the perpetrator,” he said. He said that the conduct was well-known in the townships and urged the HPCSA to educate the public regarding the conduct. One resident who admits to paying for a doctor’s false medical certificate to avoid work, said that ‘it was a necessary evil’.

“Sometimes employers don’t want to understand when you don’t show up at work so people go to such doctors,” said the 25 year old man who only spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said that he works at a call centre where working starts in early hours. “When I have overslept or feel like not going to work I just go to the doctor and pay him R100 and get the paper,” he said

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