Doctor challenges HPCSA disciplinary action over schemes that netted R22m

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GrieveA doctor who allegedly ran dodgy financial schemes that cost his patients millions has approached the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) for an order preventing the Health Professions Council of SA from taking disciplinary action against him.

According to Rapport, the sequestrated Dr David Stephen Grieve (48) was central to financial schemes in which his patients lost R22m. His brother and retired military generals also lost considerable amounts of money.

The HPCSA started a disciplinary investigation for misconduct, alleging among other things, that Grieve convinced his patients during medical consultations to invest in the schemes. Grieve argued that nobody had alleged any medical misconduct and the HPCSA therefore has no jurisdiction to take steps against him.

Gys Rautenbach SC, on behalf of the HPCSA, claimed Grieve was trying to buy time. If he had a problem with the HPCSA’s jurisdiction, he could have challenged it years ago when the investigation started.

Judgment was reserved.

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