The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
succeeded last week in having a Medical Practitioner barred from practising his
profession after not complying with category limitations and being involved in
The doctor, who is registered with the HPCSA and is only
registered to work in the Public Service has been banned from working in any
capacity other than General Practitioner – Public Service.
The HPCSA received various complaints against Dr Mahfouz
ranging from practising as a locum at a private clinic, to practising outside
his scope of practice, dispensing medicine without a license, not keeping
proper clinical records and issuing fraudulent medical certificates.
the High Court
The Council conducted an investigation and approached the
High Court for an interdict.
Given the fact that Dr Mahfouz has been dismissed from the
Public Service and therefore cannot practise as General Practitioner – Public
Service, the practical effect is that he may not practise medicine in South Africa.
“The Medical and Dental Professions Board of the HPCSA did
not take the decision to prohibit a practitioner from practising his profession
lightly, but as we have a mandate of protecting the public and guiding the
professions, the Council had specific reasons why he was registered to only
work at public hospitals and clinics and not being allowed to have his own
practice,” HPCSA Registrar and CEO, Dr Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba said.
Dr Mahfouz has also been ordered by the Court to pay the
costs of the application.