HPCSA says it cannot stop Rath
The Health Professionals Council of South Africa has claimed that it cannot prevent Matthias Rath practising medicine in South Africa, despite the fact that he has not bothered to register with them. In fact, it is precisely because he has not registered as a practising doctor in this country that they have no jurisdiction over him, and he is free to do as he damn well pleases. For those of you not familiar with Rath, ‘as he damn well pleases’ includes convincing indigent HIV/AIDS sufferers to stop taking their state-sponsored anti-retrovirals in favour of food parcels and vitamin C.
Am I the only person who finds this ludicrous? Not only can the HPCSA not stop a doctor practising in this country when he is not registered to do so (and in that case, please explain what the hell the point is of registering in the first place), but they don’t even know who could!
One begins to understand why Rath has so much more success here than in his native land.