Media Statement

OWNERS OF HEALTHCARE PRACTICES HAVE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLY

6 August 2012

For immediate release

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Pretoria – The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has given all non-registered persons who are involved in the ownership of healthcare practices six months to unbundle their corporate structures and comply with legislation.

The Health Professions Act makes provision for healthcare practitioners as well as juristic persons to own practices. However, the regulations only provide for registered healthcare practitioners to serve as directors, shareholders, partners or associates in corporate entities. Furthermore, group practices across professions are also not permitted.

As a result, any corporate structure that includes unregistered professionals is non-compliant and these structures have to unbundle their entities in order to comply with the Act and applicable regulations and policy guidelines.

The Council has given healthcare practices until February 2013 to comply, where after all non-compliant practices will have their practice numbers deregistered with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF).

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About the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory body and is committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions. The mission of the HPCSA is quality healthcare standards for all.

The Council is mandated to regulate the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing Professional Development (CPD), and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

In order to safeguard the public and indirectly the professions, registration in terms of the Act is a prerequisite for practising any of the health professions with which Council is concerned.

Issued by:

Bertha Peters-Scheepers

Senior Manager: Public Relations and Service Delivery

Health Professions Council of South Africa

Tel: 012 338 9481/ 079 510 4186

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