HPCSA disbars doctor

2013-06-13 18:53

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Johannesburg - A medical doctor has been disbarred from practising medicine in South Africa for working outside his scope, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) said on Thursday.

Dr Rasheed Mahfouz was registered with the HPCSA to work only in the public service, it said.

However, it had received complaints that he was practising as a locum at a private clinic, dispensing medicine without a licence, not keeping proper clinical records, and issuing fraudulent medical certificates.

The HPCSA went to court for an interdict against Mahfouz. He was ordered to pay the costs.

"Given the fact that Dr Mahfouz has been dismissed from the public service, and therefore cannot practise as a general practitioner, public service, the practical effect is that he may not practise medicine in South Africa," the council said.

HPCSA CEO Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba said the council had not taken the decision lightly.

Mjamba-Matshoba condemned the practice of some doctors exploiting the remunerative work outside public service programme.

"The HPCSA is concerned about the abuse of this system and the unintended consequence for patients," she said.

"We would like to remind practitioners that it is unethical to leave patients unattended."

The HPCSA would contact the health department to address the "unintended consequences" of the abuse of the system.

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