The Gauteng Department of Health has sacked eight workers and two doctors over fraudulent qualifications on Monday.
According to Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu the department dismissed eight employees, one was given three months without pay and a final warning sanction, and the other is awaiting the appeal process.
The list includes:
- Three administration clerks
- Two medical practitioners
- Two nursing auxiliary officers
- Two household workers
- One porter
“Eight of these officials had falsified matric certificates and the other two medical qualifications,” said Mahlangu.
“I am concerned that the two fake doctors may have injured patients who can sue for damages.
“We need details about their activities and why they were allowed to practice without their qualifications being checked prior to employment,” said Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Gauteng Health Shadow Minister Jack Bloom.
“Where did they practice, and how many patients did they see?
“There are claims that there are other fake doctors that need to be exposed.
“I will be asking questions on this matter in the Gauteng Legislature.
“There should be zero tolerance for people who give false qualifications, and this is especially important in the medical field where patients’ lives are at risk,” Bloom added.