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Report bogus doctors: Sama

2009-11-02 18:09

Johannesburg - The SA Medical Association (Sama) on Monday urged the public to verify that their doctor was registered prior to consultation.

Sama issued a warning against bogus doctors at a recent National Council meeting in Boksburg.

"We call on members of the community to be vigilant about bogus doctors claiming to be trained medical practitioners, providing medical treatment to the unsuspecting public and in some cases embarking upon activities that bring the name of the medical profession into disrepute, for example with sexual assault cases," said Sama chairperson Dr Norman Mabasa.

"These so-called doctors often advertise their services by way of leaflets and via advertisements on street corners, offering very attractive medical solutions to all types of ailments," he said in a statement.

Sama said members of the public should contact the Health Professional Council of SA (HPCSA) if they had any doubts about their doctors.

The HPCSA has a database of all registered medical practitioners in the country.

Doctors who were practising without being registered should be reported to the police, Sama said.