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Mediclinic News : Quality healtcare is the social bedrock of our society

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Quality healtcare is the social bedrock of our society

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2018-06-13

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AFRO VOICE The right to quality healthcare is fundamental to the physical and mental wellbeing of all individuals and is a necessary condition for the exercise of other human rights including the pursuit of a satisfactory standard of living. Chapter II, Section 27 of our Constitution says everyone has a right to have access to quality healthcare services. Our health and the health of those we care about is a matter of daily concern. Regardless of our age, gender, socioeconomic or ethnic background, we consider our health our most basic and essential asset. Ill-health can keep us from going to school or to work, from attending to our family responsibilities or from participating fully in the activities of our community. By the same token, we are willing to make many sacrifices if only that would guarantee us and our families a longer and healthier life. In short, when we talk about wellbeing, health is often what we have in mind. In ensuring that the public is protected, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has embarked on rolling out public campaign road shows in provinces throughout the country, engaging the public on issues pertinent to them. The focus of the awareness campaign is among others, to inform the public on the role and of the HPCSA and to educate the public in terms of their rights as patients in relation to healthcare practitioners. Another mandate is to enforce compliance by practitioners in line with the provisions of the Health Professions Act, 1974. Through this awareness campaign the council educates the public on how to identify bogus practitioners. The HPCSA is a statutory body, established to protect the public and guiding the professions. Its mission is to attain quality healthcare standards for all, giving a voice to those without one and also bringing together disparate voices to create a collective roar. The HPCSA intends to address the root causes of social problems and not just their effects. The scale of the challenge is large in government healthcare facilities, with awareness on patients' rights and bogus healthcare practitioners. South Africa is faced with an insurmountable challenge relating to healthcare. In the road shows flighted by the HPCSA, we get to hear the cries of our people relating to poor service in public healthcare. The HPCSA is there to protect the public, ensure they receive the best healthcare services and their lives are not put in danger. It is our mandate to ensure practitioners are registered with the council. Those who practice without registering are committing a criminal offence and shall be prosecuted. We are seeing the emergence of bogus practitioners, masquerading as doctors, who are not registered. Some do not even possess any qualifications. We believe the community should know these people and should they find any suspicious activities, they should contact the council to bring these people to book. Once patients have a complaint to report, there is a process to be followed when practitioners contravene the code of ethics. Some of the patient's rights include: • Access to healthcare services that include receiving timely emergency care at any healthcare facility, regardless of one's ability to pay; • Informed consent. Everyone has a right to be given full and accurate information about the nature of their illnesses, diagnostic procedures, the proposed treatment, the risks associated with it and the costs involved; • A second opinion. Everyone has the right tobe referred, on request, to a healthcare provider of one's choice for a second opinion; • Everyone has the right to complain about healthcare services, to have such complaints investigated and to receive a full response to such investigation. The aim of the public awareness campaign is to educate and engage the public on pertinent health issues affecting them as patients. The focus of the awareness campaign is, among others, to inform the public on the role and responsibilities of the HPCSA, to educate the public in terms of their rights as patients, to outline the Department of Health's complaint management process, to educate the public on the role of mediation in medical negligence. Another mandate of council is to enforce compliance by practitioners in line with the provisions of the Health Professions Act, 1974. Through this awareness campaign the council educates the public on how to identify bogus practitioners and also encourages the public members to work closely with the HPCSA to root out and report these bogus practitioners. Tshepo Seloana is an editor at HPCSA and writes in his personal capacity.
Created at 2018/06/20 03:25 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/06/20 03:25 PM by Mediclinic