Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Health Minister's dose of the wrong medicine - DA

Pretoria News, April 15, 2005

Health Minister's dose of the wrong medicine - DA

Article: The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang to be charged with unprofessional conduct for allegedly giving incorrect medical advice to the public.

The party yesterday asked the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to investigate Tshabalala-Msimang for her public statements which apparently supported the use of medicines that were not registered with the Medicines Control Council.

The DA said these medicines were backed by AIDS dissidents who made completely unsubstantiated claims of efficacy in the treatment of AIDS.

Although Tshabalala-Msimang is not formally practising as a doctor, DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard urged the HPCSA to investigate the alleged conduct since the Minister is registered with the Council.

"She is a figure of enormous public influence and I am concerned she is using her position to impart erroneous medical advice to the South African public.

"I believe this advice to be in contravention of some of the rules of the council, and as she is a registered member, I believe that the council has a duty to investigate," Kohler Barnard wrote in a letter of complaint to the HPCSA.

Tshabalala-Msimang allegedly made remarks during an interview in which she was quoted endorsing HIV/AIDS treatment products manufactured and sold by the Matthias Rath Foundation.

The foundation claims that their vitamin products and immune boosters can cure AIDS.

The HPCSA's Boyce Mkhize will be studying the DA's complaint.┬žion=5