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The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Date Enacted: April 2020
Country: South Africa

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a statutory body under the National Department of Health, issued a document containing a set of guidelines as well as guidance regarding how “existing Regulations, Rules and Guidelines under the [Health Professions] Act [1974]” should be applied to “allow more practitioners into our health system and increase flexibility to practitioners’ responses to the pandemic.” Guidelines include advising practitioners to “use the services of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group . . .  and other services” given that they “are in the front-line in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.”