Covid-19: HPCSA limits physical interactions at offices, continues functions online

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  • The HPCSA will limit physical interactions at its offices.
  • Most of its employees will work from home and skeleton staff will be on site.
  • Online services will continue unhindered.

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) says it will limit physical interactions at its offices, adding that most of its employees will start working from home and only skeleton staff will be on the premises.

However, its online services will continue unhindered. Practitioners and the public have been advised to use this platform.

In a statement, the HPCSA said it would invoke its business continuity plan to ensure that it continues to function without disruption with limited physical interactions at its offices.

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Provisions in terms of education and training include evaluations through the use of a hybrid model, which includes online or virtual evaluations, making use of physical evaluations in certain instances, such as evidence validation, online or virtual board examinations, or physical assemblage amid strict Covid-19 protocols.

Furthermore, the HPCSA said while there was a drop-off box for registration applications at its main building, it the use of the online option was preferred.

"The verification of medical reports for practitioners which are required by members of the public for travel or work purposes are a requirement by most embassies and some employers. This service will still be provided," it said.

The renewal of registration will be done online and complaints can also be lodged online. People who can't access the internet can collect complaint forms from its offices.

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