The Chairman of PBEC said the public were being placed “at risk” when coming into contact with these individuals who had been issued fraudulent certificates from the LATA. He also issued a warning to “any registered member who is involved in any criminal, unprofessional and unethical conduct to stop immediately”.
The HPCSA has reminded all institutions offering emergency care training to ensure they are accredited and operating in compliance with the education and training standards as laid out by the PBEC. The council is calling on all employers to ensure any emergency care staff who obtained certificates from LATA, and who are registered with the HPCSA, have legitimate qualifications.
The PBEC also advises medical students to contact the HPCSA to check the training centres they are attending are accredited institutions.
Following on from the investigation, the PBEC also raised separate concerns about:
- The quality case provided by ambulance crews
- Submission of fictitious claims
- Practitioners practising outside their scope of practice
- Photographs being taken at accident scenes and distributed across social media websites
- Strike action, which is strictly prohibited for emergency care workers.
For more information visit: www.hpcsa.co.za