248 doctors found guilty of delivering substandard care
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has revealed that 248 health professionals have been found guilty of incompetence, insufficient treatment and misdiagnosis in 306 cases between 2008 and 2012.
During this time, the HPCSA also issued 283 fines and 137 suspensions to doctors for misconduct. Figures show that doctors were found guilty in 20 cases of misdiagnosis since 2008.
Cases of incompetence rose from 18 (in 2010-11) to 32 in 2011-12. The number of cases involving insufficient care and mismanagement of patients more than doubled, with 44 cases reported in 2011-12 compared to 20 in 2010-11.
HPCSA registrar and chief executive officer Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba said the increase in medical errors was a big concern that the HPCSA and the health department would be investigating.