Two doctors arrested during raids on surgeries due to appear in court
Two doctors arrested in Port Elizabeth during a series of raids are due to appear in court over the next few days.
One man, 38, was arrested in Motherwell for allegedly not being registered as a medical practitioner, while the other, 39, was arrested in New Brighton for allegedly practising without a medical licence.
The New Brighton man was released on Wednesday night and is due to appear in court on Tuesday next week.
The Motherwell man is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Health and traffic regulatory authorities who conducted 23 surgery inspections in Nelson Mandela Bay between Wednesday and Thursday morning said it was only the beginning of a very long process.Health Professionals Council of SA (HPCSA) senior manager Eric Mphaphuli said various issues had been identified at the surgeries visited, with some of the doctors being issued with warnings.The operation has been undertaken jointly by the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the National Traffic AntiCorruption Unit, the HPCSA and the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority, as part of their investigation into unlawful medical practices, dispensing of medicines and issuing of medical clearance certificates that are linked to the issuing of public driver’s permits.Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge confirmed two people had been arrested.Mphaphuli said more arrests were expected. “[We] made a good start. “The investigation is still ongoing,” he said.