Medical regulator suspends 5 execs for alleged corruption

South Africa’s CMS (Council for Medical Schemes) recently announced the suspension of 5 senior officials, following allegations of corruption and unethical conduct reported by whistle-blowers. 2 executives and three senior managers had been placed on precautionary suspension with full pay, after allegations of wrongdoing were reported on the regulator’s anonymous tip-off line. The allegations include: collusion in appointment of service providers; irregular placement of schemes under curatorship; irregular spending on service providers; “having personal lifestyles not matched by salaries”; and “close and corrupt relationships” with entities that the council regulates. “The CMS views these allegations in a serious light,” said the council’s Registrar and Chief Exec, Dr Sipho Kabane. “Therefore, these suspensions and investigations are in line with our zero-tolerance to unethical conduct.” He said “appropriate steps” would be taken following probes into the corruption claims. More info at

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