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‘HPCSA deeply dysfunctional with unqualified managers’

A special task team was set up by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi after receiving several complaints.

FILE: Minister of health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A ministerial task team has found that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is deeply dysfunctional, with managers who handle disciplinary action against the country's doctors having no medical qualification themselves.

A special task team was set up by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi after receiving several complaints about alleged mismanagement at the council.

Eight months after the probe started, the task team has now recommended that the CEO, COO and head of legal services be suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

Motsoaledi is adamant that management irregularities at the council must be dealt with.

"I cannot preempt that and keep on saying that if they refuse I'll do this and that. This is my report, all I want is that the council to be fixed, and I'm going to make sure that it does get fixed."

About 30 whistleblowers requested a probe into the council.

He says it's hard to say how long it will take to address the issues confirmed by the task team.

Next week, Motsoaledi will be meeting with the HPCSA to assess if and how they will implement a list of recommendations.