In her analysis of an investigation into the troubles at the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Arvitha Doodnath, legal researcher at the Helen Suzman Foundation writes in a report on the Politicsweb site that the HPCSA regards the task team’s report as “advice or proposals and not binding” and has chosen to ignore the recommendations and set up their own investigation team.
She writes that the HPCSA, in ignoring a report commissioned by the Minister of Health, defies accountability to him. Essentially, it claims to be judge in its own cause, even in the presence of the severe problems identified by the task team. That is completely unacceptable, says Doodnath, adding that failure of the HPCSA to perform its functions properly puts the health care of the entire nation at risk.
She says: “We think there are grounds for strong Ministerial intervention here, and we urge that it take place immediately, if it has not already happened.”
Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, launched an investigation into the HPCSA in March 2015 after receiving numerous letters alleging that the HPCSA has been involved in maladministration, irregularities, mismanagement and poor governance.Full analysis on Politicsweb site