Home > News > Public Health Updated 09 October 2013 Emergency care certificates fraudulent The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) urges students to study only at accredited training institutions after emergency care certificates were issued by an unaccredited institution. 0 iStock Related HPCSA condemns exploitation of RWOPS Short paramedic courses under fire Health body bars GP The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is again urging prospective students to only study at accredited training institutions. This comes after the Council discovered fraudulent emergency care certificates were issued by an unaccredited institution. The Professional Board for Emergency Care recently conducted an impromptu inspection at AMA Training Centre in Limpopo after it came to their attention that a member of the public was issued with a fraudulent Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) certificate.This institution is not accredited with the HPCSA to provide emergency care training and the Board acted immediately to mitigate any possible resulting risk from unqualified and unregistered persons treating the patients. “When any fraudulent activity comes to our attention, we act swiftly as our primary concern is ensuring that only qualified and registered practitioners treat the public. Patients are most vulnerable in an emergency situation and registration with the appropriate regulatory body, provide the public with the reassurance that the person treating them is qualified, experienced and trained,” Raveen Naidoo, chairperson of the Professional Board for Emergency Care said. The Regulator has put a number of verification systems in place to ensure a satisfactory level of quality assurance during registration, including a double verification process. The Board furthermore issued a stern warning to the public and practitioners who are involved in the issuing of falsified qualifications and who are colluding to register unqualified people, saying the Council consider these criminal actions in a very serious light and will not hesitate to report them to the SAPS. Press release NEXT ON HEALTH24X Here’s why your leg cramps while you sleep – and how to treat it 2018-04-22 19:40 More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Here’s why your leg cramps while you sleep – and how to treat it Lifestyle This is how Viagra can help you live longer Lifestyle Why women are opting to get their virginity restored through hymenoplasty Parenting Does mom's dagga end up in breast milk? News SEE: This surprising group is at risk of getting Listeriosis Medical A quick guide to sinus-related congestion From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.