Health corruption watchdog probing numerous fraud, corruption complaints

Since its launch in October, the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) has received numerous complaints of serious corruption, fraud and maladministration in the health sector. According to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, 17 allegations of fraud and corruption have been reported to the Forum on which six have been converted into investigations.

Two of these allegations have been referred to relevant institutions with the mandate to deal with the complaint, and the last six complaints are being assessed.

“These Proclamations mandate the SIU to investigate certain allegations pertaining to the affairs of the Council for Medical Schemes, National Health Laboratory Service, Health Professions Council of South Africa, South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, North West and Free State departments of Health (aero medical and patient transport services) and the Office of the State Attorney (in respect of the defence or opposition of medico-legal claims against the State),” Kganyago said.

Kganyago added that the Forum have met to discuss a Programme of Action (POA) as well as the progress made on the implementation of initiatives to fight fraud and corruption.

“Collaboration in combating fraud and corruption remains a top priority globally as anti-corruption and integrity measures support good governance, strengthen public confidence that our public institutions are fair and work for all.

“The HSACF believes that the fight against fraud and corruption will be won through the development and implementation of robust multi-stakeholder collaboration strategies and programmes.” Kganyago added.

Launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Forum falls under the chairmanship of the head of the SIU, Advocate Andy Mothibi.

The forum is a collaborative effort of many stakeholders, including civil society, law enforcement, health sector regulators, the National Department of Health, provincial government departments of health and the private sector.

Fraud and corruption allegations relating to the affairs of the health sector may be reported to the HSACF via email (siu@whistleblowing.co.za) or hotline: 0800 037 774.

Source: Med Brief Africa, 9 December 2019 (https://medbriefafrica.co.za/health-corruption-watchdog-probing-numerous-fraud-corruption-complaints/)