Cuban doctors are practising here as part of a government-to-government agreement, a Health Professions Council SA spokesperson says.

While even the most highly qualified foreign-trained doctors wishing to practise in South Africa are forced to go through a stringent registration process by the Health Professions Council SA (HPCSA), it has emerged that the same does not apply to Cubans.

HPCSA spokesperson Priscilla Sekhonyana yesterday confirmed that her council treated Cuban doctors working in South Africa differently.

“As far as the Cuban doctors are concerned, this is a government-to-government agreement,” she said in response to a question on whether Cubans undergo a similar registration process like all other foreign-trained doctors. ….more