Doctors 'must prove they're qualified'

2011-02-24 09:36

Port Elizabeth - Six men who allegedly worked as doctors without being registered and claimed from medical aids have appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court, the Herald reported on Thursday.

Magistrate Mark Botha, in the men's bail application on Wednesday, ordered both the State and defence to check with relevant universities whether the men were qualified as doctors.

"If you give me a degree, I am not going to accept it at face value. I will satisfy myself first before accepting it," he said in court.

In the application for bail, defence counsel advocate Nic Potgieter used the quote by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi that the men were registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Botha however said that this information would only be admissible in court if Motsoaledi himself testified.

Two of the doctors faced organised crime charges, because they allegedly allowed other doctors to use their practice numbers to claim from medical aids.

Four of the six doctors - Dr Rasheed Aremu, Dr Akinloye Eweoya, Dr Baladale Olutu and Dr Chike Valentine Ezulu - are registered with the HPCSA.

Hawks head Anwa Dramat said none of the four faced any charges of impersonating doctors.

The case resumes on Friday.

  • Gore - 2011-02-24 10:05

    Why is this difficult to prove? If you ask a CA(SA) for proof, they will show you some university certificates , accreditation certificates and identity card with expiry dates. Hell, you can even check their names on their accreditation board website. These doctors are behind times!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 10:14

      Please do yourself a favour, have facts before you comment, doctors are registered with the HPCSA and have cards which expire on the 31st of March. I am sure you have not read the article or you are just confused

      DeonL - 2011-02-24 10:26

      Qualifications are different from your yearly fees. You can check up doctors on other websites too (BHF) for registration numbers and If they may dispense meds. They should have theire certificates on hand. I once forgot to pay my yearly fees on time, was temp. suspended.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 10:38

      But not all doctors are registered with BHF

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 10:44

  • Baboon - 2011-02-24 10:19

    I am pretty sure the HPCSA hes elements of corruption within, being a South African organisation, so how does being registered with them prove anything?

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 10:21

      So why do we have to register with them then?

      Melly30 - 2011-02-24 10:25

      HPCSA - work with the government...

      Baboon - 2011-02-24 10:33

      @paulmandlankosi the same reason that you have to be licensed to drive a motor vehicle. Do you not believe that there is corruption in issuing of drivers licenses?

  • whatsinaname - 2011-02-24 10:22

    "I will satisfy myself first before accepting it." WTF??? lol

  • Laamja - 2011-02-24 10:28

    When you register with the board for the first time you fill in an application form which must be stamped by the University form which you obtained the degree. The form is then sent to the board and they accredit you. So the 4 doctors must have degrees.But they may be charged with fraud for medical aide.

  • aubrey.nkabini - 2011-02-24 10:28

    All nigerians must be booted out of RSA they turn this country into the small nigerian hell .of crime all of them ...

      Ross - 2011-02-24 10:36

      Do you want to empty the Johannesburg CBD.

      Bill - 2011-02-24 10:40

      hope you don't vote for the anc and it's administration that allows all and sundry into the country.

      Hieromtebly - 2011-02-24 10:53

      yes I agree

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-24 10:28

    what about all the "sangoma/gipsy/traditional healers....

      Hieromtebly - 2011-02-24 10:54

      they not Docters - witchcraff

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 16:40

      Just learn to spell please

  • LACER8 - 2011-02-24 10:55

    what about dr mamadoola....will make it grow beeg...will make you win lottery...will have all ladies loving you... He has MBBV ( Bachelor of bluffing and voodoo )

  • Hieromtebly - 2011-02-24 10:55

    as a nurse i must have proof to work - why is it so hard for people that say they dr's - they must have proof - no proof no work

  • Smindlo - 2011-02-24 10:57

    did anyone ask the Cuban doctors to provide proof of qualification? their varsity records? I bet most of them wont even qualify to dissect lab rats in a first world country!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 11:00

      You are lying

      Pappa.G - 2012-11-01 18:00

      All Cuban doctors have to pass the appropriate examinations with South African Profs. They are registered with the HPCSA like all foreign doctors should and must provide proof of qualifications. Many of them are better than South African doctors - more caring and better bedside manners.

  • TDK1 - 2011-02-24 11:09

    The health department should share the blame. We just had a head of department in Limpopo dismissed. I believe most senior managers in govt have fruadulent academic qualifications. The employer should have had screened the doctors especially for them being foreigners. Whoever employed them should answer. In the case of these doctors the quote of the health minister is irrelevant as those people are not qualified doctors thus rendering the their registration with HPCSA null and void.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-24 13:09

      Are you sure they are not qualified?

      Li'l Al - 2011-02-24 17:05

      You are standing.

  • Li'l Al - 2011-02-24 16:38

    I hope the phrase "I will satisfy myself first" is never uttered by anyone to me in a court of law. Sies.

  • Lydia Benkenstein - 2013-09-13 20:52

    Eish, what is the world coming to?

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