Some doctors have warned their regulator, the SA Health Profession’s Council (HPCSA), against creating an “administrative nightmare” that could potentially delay doctor registrations and cost medics even more in future, reported TimesLIVE (17 August 2021).
This follows the HPCSA decision to make it mandatory for doctors to submit records of their continuous professional development (CPD) activities.
Doctors allege that – during the Covid-19 pandemic - the HPCSA has introduced a new online portal that makes the submission of these documents mandatory, resulting in backlogs at the council. According to SA Medical According to (SAMA) chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee, the doctor unions remain concerned about approval delays, and are currently working with the HPCSA to fast-track the processing of these essential documents.
HPCSA spokesperson Christopher Tsatsawane said the HPCSA plans to clear the CPD backlog soon.”