medicaldoctorThe Star reports that the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) identified 18 bogus doctors since the beginning of the year, had them arrested and shut down their surgeries.  Ten were men and eight women.  

Gauteng had the most bogus doctors, and 10 of the arrested bogus doctors were foreign nationals.  Some of the bogus doctors were found to have been operating from the surgeries of qualified and registered doctors.  Those doctors have also been charged and are facing disciplinary action for having unregistered health professional working in their surgeries.  Among the persons arrested was Sonnet-Mari Brand who allegedly opened two “surgeries” in Springs, Ekurhuleni to practice as a specialist pulmonologist – despite not having a medical qualification.  It was also discovered she had been working at the Far East Rand Hospital.  The HPCSA said it would “continue to uphold its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the professions through ensuring enforcement and compliance from the healthcare practitioners in line with the provisions of the Health Professions Act.”

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