A “pulmonologist” with two private surgeries and a specialist appointment at the Far East Rand Hospital is among 18 arrests by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) of bogus doctors this year, reports IoL.
Ten were men and eight women. Gauteng had the most bogus doctors and 10 of the arrested bogus doctors were foreign nationals.
Another arrest was that of Sonnet-Mari Brand who allegedly opening two “surgeries” in Springs, Ekurhuleni practising as a specialist pulmonologist, despite not having a medical qualification.
It was also discovered she was working at the Far East Rand Hospital despite her lack of qualifications.
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,
The latest bogus doctor was recently arrested in Naturena, south of Johannesburg. According to the HPCSA, Omonombe Lowambo, a Congolese national, was found practising as a medical practitioner while not registered. He was operating from the practice of a Dr Bielu, who is registered.
Vladimir Jovanovic was arrested also arrested this year at Dr Abram Behr Fait’s dental practice in Dunkeld West Centre where he had been practising as a dentist despite not being registered with the HPCSA.
Full IoL report