oa South African Medical Journal - RWOPS abuse could cost, or even ruin, offenders : izindaba

Volume 103, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



If a bid by state lawyers succeeds, the minority of state doctors proven to have sacrificed their legal/ethical obligations to public sector patients in favor of private sector extra earnings could end up paying reparation - and some may even be financially crippled. This emerged in the ongoing saga of Remunerated Work Outside the Public Service (RWOPS), which has played out most publicly in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Gauteng and the Free State recently. It also threw up a shaky truce between doctors and officials, following slurs on the medical profession and clumsy, sweeping clampdowns by some provincial health ministers.

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