HPCSA warns that anti-vax doctors may face misconduct inquiries

HPCSA warns that anti-vax doctors may face misconduct inquiries

The Health Pro­fes­sions Coun­cil of SA (HPCSA) is investigating complaints lodged by the public against doc­tors who have adop­ted an antivaccination stance, reports The Herald.

HPCSA spokesperson Christopher Tsatsawane reiterated that a medical practitioner’s duty was to provide advice to any person on his or her physical health status and administer or prescribe relevant treatment. “Such advice shall be based on information which is evidence-based and scientifically accurate.” A committee of inquiry would determine if these healthcare professionals would be allowed to continue practising.

The national Health Department said in a statement that it condemned “any form of unethical and illegal behaviour by any healthcare worker”. “We will not hesitate to refer them to the HPCSA for disciplinary action for breaching their ethical duties by advocating for people not to take the COVID-19 vaccine and proliferating misinformation.” Health pro­fes­sion­als could face dis­cip­lin­ary action “because they have an eth­ical duty to pri­or­it­ise the health and well­being of their patients in line with inter­na­tional best prac­tice stand­ards”, spokesperson Foster Mohale said.

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