HPCZ CAUTIONS LECTURERS, COURSE COORDINATORS OVER STANDARDS IN MEDICAL TRAINING
The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) is mandated under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia, to recognise and approve health training programmes as well as monitor levels of compliance to standards in the approved programmes offered by training institutions except nursing and midwifery.
Against that background, the Council would like to caution lecturers and coordinators of health training programmes that it is professional misconduct to watch standards drop in training institutions without taking corrective action.
HPCZ Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Bwembya Bwalya states, that lecturers and course coordinators have a moral obligation to promote internal quality assurance practices by ensuring that training institutions are maintaining the required standards, otherwise, any compromise has a negative impact on the quality of graduates and subsequently on the patients who will be receiving health services from such graduates when they go into medical practise.
“To lecturers and course coordinators, if you have brought matters to the attention of administration and there has not been response, you do not have an option but to write to the Health Professions Council of Zambia so that we can intervene. In the absence of that, when we come on site and we find that the standards have gone down and you did not report, we will consider charging you for professional misconduct.” Mr. Bwalya warned.
Meanwhile, HPCZ has observed that students equally contribute to deteriorating standards in some health training institutions when they seem to only focus on acquiring a certificate, negating the quality of education being offered.
The Council conducts routine compliance monitoring in all training institutions offering approved health programmes, but it is also the responsibility of students to alert the regulatory body should they detect compromise in the set standards.
“We want to make an appeal to students to report to the Council any indication that the standards have gone down so that we can make interventions whether the programme discontinues until the standards are put in place or suspended altogether.” Mr. Bwalya emphasised.
The Public Relations Unit
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