Saturday, January 20, 2007

Amnesty for medics behind on registration fees

By Tando Mfengwana
20 January 2007


The Health Professions Council has given an official pardon to doctors who have fallen behind with their annual registration payments.

The council has announced that it will waive penalties to doctors local and abroad, to help them get to work in South Africa. The amnesty period will kick off on 1 February until 30 April 2007.

Doctors who take advantage of this must work for 100 hours in the public health service, or a non-government health organisation. Failing to do so within six months of their restoration, they will need to pay full restoration fees.

The council’s registrar, advocate Boyce Mkhize says that this only applies to practitioners living locally and abroad, whose registration has lapsed and who have not practised for up to two years.

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