On March 10th Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is formally being investigated over several allegations relating to maladministration and improper eHealth procurement procedures.

Head of Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and chairperson of the National Health Research Committee, Professor Bongani Mayosi, will lead the investigations with a team of medical, law, information technology and administration experts.

“I have received a lot of complaints about governance, efficiency, effectiveness and sometimes even the competency of the management of the HPCSA,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

“The council itself did attempt to put up a committee to resolve the matter, but the weight of the issues is such that I believe that an outside independent process will be more appropriate,” added Minister Motsoaledi.

The investigation will examine allegations of maladministration by HPCSA staff who have since resigned in relation to the acquisition of the Oracle information system, which the DoH had reportedly decided against using.

“There are 30 submissions by staff that were delivered to the office of the president of the HPCSA” said Minister Motsoaledi.

The competence of the HPCSA CEO and Chief Operations Officer will also be evaluated during the investigation. “The team is also mandated to investigate and make findings with regards to whether or not the state of affairs has affected the effectiveness and efficiency of the HPCSA,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

The investigation will also determine if the state of the HPCSA has affected the training of health professionals and the registration of foreign expertise, and whether a forensic audit is required.

“In terms of policy, they have 60 days to finalise the investigation process and provide findings and recommendations to me for further action,” concluded Minister Motsoaledi.

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