The Department of Health has issued a statement advising that the information doing the rounds on social media during past week about the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) being investigated by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is “old news”.

It was the leadership of the HPCSA, the department explains, that requested the intervention of the SIU more than a year ago: “On 24 August 2018, the HPCSA, in line with its determination to turn Council around into a transparent and credible regulator, submitted a request to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate any conduct of maladministration, corruption or corrupt activities (including fraud) in connection with the mandate of Council as contained in the Act, against any person, including amongst others:

·         registration of persons in terms of the Act (including the integrity of all registers kept in terms of the act);

·         provision or offering of education and training having as its object to qualify any person for the practicing of any profession to which the provisions of the Act apply;

·         approval or accreditation of any education or training programme (including internship) and approval or accreditation of any institution to offer such a programme;

·         provision or conducting of any examination or evaluation (whether at undergraduate or post graduate level) approved or accredited or recognised by the Council for the purposes of registration in terms of the Act.

 “The SIU,’ the statement continues, “has since started its investigation into the HPCSA as per Proclamation signed by the President. We have given the SIU full access to the organisation, staff and records in the HPCSA. Several meetings have been held with the SIU over the last few months since the proclamation was signed. “A progress report has already been submitted and the Registrar will be having a meeting with the SIU next week to discuss that progress report and address immediate challenges that have been identified.”

SOURCE: Popo Maja: Spokesperson, National Department of Health