HPCSA warns of fake paramedics

2011-08-30 18:10

Johannesburg - Thousands of paramedics were practising with fraudulent certificates, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) said on Tuesday.

More than 400 people had already been de-registered by the Professional Board for Emergency Care, which falls under the HPCSA, said spokesperson Lize Nel.

She said an additional 1 000 members would be removed from the register later this month.

Nel said this followed an investigation, carried out in collaboration with the Hawks, into the quality of training and education provided by the Limpopo Ambulance Training Academy (LATA).

LATA's fraudulent registrations resulted in people who had no training and education working as emergency care personnel, she said.

Those holding a qualification from an unaccredited institution or from a training centre involved in issuing fraudulent certificates would not be allowed to register with the board, Nel said.

The chairperson of the Professional Board for Emergency Care, Raveen Naidoo, condemned criminal, unprofessional and unethical conduct.

"We will not allow a handful of corrupt people to bring our highly esteemed profession into disrepute."

He urged prospective students to check the accreditation of training centres.

  • nkhadi - 2011-08-30 18:34

    how are they going to save our lives during emergency. the owners of these institutions should be prosecuted.

      Met - 2011-08-30 18:51

      LATA- Is than something started by Malema? Limpopo must now be rated the most corrupt, and that says a lot

  • Wouter - 2011-08-30 19:31

    For the love there anything these idiots won't try to forge? It's like a race to see how far the BS can carry you before the cookie crumbles. Suppose the best so far was chancellor of a university...

  • DaveD - 2011-08-30 19:33

    There are a number of dodgy "training" facilities like these that give our industry a bad name. Fortunately most private EMS services only hire staff from reputable institutions

  • letsee - 2011-08-30 19:54

    No one can be failed the testing at the and of training and being so, it means that even those with a valid certificate may be unqualified. Who cares, failing people is descrimination after all and on top of it Africa is happy with incompetence and bad service.

  • jlourens - 2011-08-30 20:13

    I hope these individuals and institutions will be prosecuted and not just shut down. Fraud is a crime & they should serve a jail sentence for endangering lives.

  • DW - 2011-08-30 20:21

    Quickest way to get a job in SA - buy your qualification on line. No need to do the hard yards and earn it. Everyone in government has done it, so why not the population at large, especially if you can then give them BBBEE points in the process.

  • Banned - 2011-08-30 21:04

    Why is it always Limpopo?

  • Megan - 2012-03-19 16:51

    I'm sorry, but as a paramedic I have only one thing to say to the Board of Emergency Care Practitioners: You made your own bed... Now start to face the consequences of your actions! What a lot of people don't know is that the board decided to close down legitamate training collages who were running the paramedic qualifications without consulting ANYONE in favour of a four year degree... This not only resulted in a large amount of qualified and experienced instructors losing their jobs but it also completely took away the chances for people interested in becoming a paramedic but unable to afford university fees. But once again, instead of implementing a "Gold Standard" (i.e BTech EMC) on top of an already fully FUNCTIONING system they had to completely erradicate the functioning system...

  • Daniel Slippers - 2013-12-05 13:17

    The people should be informed not sued.... for all we know they might actually think that they are trained. Take it from me, if a paramedic doesnt seem like himself and thinks a lot rather then act.... U should know. Take down the nr and report in on the HPCSA site and stop moaning and groaning.

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