Botswana Health Professions (Professional Conduct) Regulations


(section 18)

(29th April, 1988)



   1.   Citation

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Acts of misconduct

   4.   Advertisement

   5.   Exceptions to prohibition of advertisement

   6.   Locum tenens

   7.   Business advertisement

   8.   Name plates

   9.   Signs that are not permitted

   10.   Consulting rooms

   11.   Stationery

   12.   Use of prescription forms or codes

   13.   Canvassing for business prohibited

   14.   Commission

   15.   Collaboration with unregistered persons

   16.   Assistance for unregistered persons

   17.   Financial interest in organisation that advertises for patients

   18.   Tendering

   19.   Patients right of choice of practitioner

   20.   Respect for professional reputation and the good name of colleagues

   21.   Professional secrecy

   22.   Issue of medical certificates

   23.   Employment with medical aid society

   24.   Publication of name, etc., in association with medical aid society, etc.

   25.   Use of special apparatus or treatment

   26.   Obstruction of the committee

   27.   Performance of professional acts by registered practitioners

   28.   Conduct derogatory to reputation of profession

   29.   Personal misuse of alcohol or other drugs

   30.   Dishonesty

   31.   Commercialisation

   32.   Indecency and violence

   33.   Complaints

   34.   Interested members to be excused

   35.   Notice of charge

   36.   Procedure at inquiry

   37.   Penalties

   38.   Record of penalty imposed

   39.   Suspended penalty

   40.   Non-execution of suspended penalty

   41.   Failure to observe conditions of suspended penalty

   42.   Publication of penalty

   43.   Decision may be in camera

   44.   Secrecy of witnesses' identities

   45.   Breach of secrecy

   46.   Minister may appoint legal adviser

   47.   Minister may postpone suspension

   48.   Minister may postpone striking out

   49.   Form of summons to produce book, etc.

   50.   Minister's right to hear any matter

   51.   Procedure to apply under Act

   52.   Fees

      Schedule A - Form of Summons for Attendance in an Inquiry

      Schedule B - Form of Summons to Appear before the Botswana Health Professions Council as a Witness

      Schedule C - Fees

S.I. 56, 1988,
S.I. 77, 1999.

1.   Citation

   These regulations may be cited as the Botswana Health Professions (Professional Conduct) Regulations.

2.   Interpretation

   In these regulations-

   "advertisement" includes any advertisement contained in a publication or any advertisement broadcast on radio or television;

   "lay assembly" means an assembly of persons who are not practitioners;

   "practitioner" means a medical practitioner or a dentist;

   "publications" includes:

   (a)   any newspaper, book, periodical, pamphlet, poster, playing card, calendar or other printed matter;

   (b)   any writing or typescript which has in any manner been duplicated or exhibited or made available to the public or any section of the public;

   "Special Committee" means a Special Committee of the Medical Ethical Advisory Council appointed by the Council to conduct enquiries into the conduct of practitioners.

3.   Acts of misconduct

   (1) Sound relationships between practitioners as colleagues are essential for furthering the public esteem and trustworthiness of the professions and therefore of the practitioners themselves.

   (2) The quality of a practitioners services is traditionally the justified means by which he should become professionally known. Competition is in the medico-scientific field and the disclosure of personal findings and views should take place only in the professional media.

   (3) Contravention of these regulations by a practitioner shall, for the purpose of section 14 of the Act, constitute improper or disgraceful conduct.

4.   Advertisement

   (1) No practitioner shall advertise himself or his professional services with a view to his (direct or indirect, immediate or eventual) professional gain, or permit such advertisement.

   (2) A practitioner may-

   (a)   notify other practitioners of any change of address, dissolution of partnership or commencement of practice;

   (b)   notify his patients of any change of address:

         Provided that such notification is enclosed in a sealed envelope and addressed to the other practitioner or patient as the case may be;

   (c)   publish in a telephone directory his-

      (i)   name and the name of his partner;

      (ii)   home address and the address of his surgery or consulting rooms; and

      (iii)   telephone number; and

      (iv)   registered speciality;

   (d)   in the case of a practitioner whose speciality has been registered, notify other medical practitioners of having commenced practice in his speciality, his address, qualifications and speciality:

         Provided that the communications themselves shall bear the name of the individual medical practitioner to whom they are addressed and shall be enclosed in a sealed envelope;

   (e)   affix on envelopes his name without his title or any qualification, and a return address in case of non-delivery;

   (f)   publish articles in professional journals and publish scientific books for use by the professions and students of medicine, dentistry, nursing and related professions indicating his name and professional qualifications;

   (g)   publish non-professional books and non-professional articles in the lay press under his own name without indication of professional qualifications and without the professional, title "Dr.".

5.   Exceptions to prohibition of advertisement

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