CMS suspends 5 after hotline claims of irregularities

CMS suspends 5 after hotline claims of irregularities

CMS suspends 5 after hotline claims of irregularities

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has suspended five officials over allegations of irregularities following anonymous tip-offs on its hotline. The medical schemes regulator said the employees, two executives and three senior managers, have all been placed on precautionary suspension with full pay following alleged irregularities, including corruption and unethical conduct reported by whistle-blowers.

The allegations, some of which predate the appointment of the current registrar and CEO, Dr Sipho Kabane, were also sent to local newspapers; the Ministry and Department of Health. The allegations include irregular placement of schemes under curatorship, irregular appointment of service providers, irregular spending on service providers with close relationship, having personal lifestyles not matched by salaries; having a close and corrupt relationship with entities regulated by CMS; breach of PFMA in respect of cover quoting, collusion in the appointment of service providers.

“The CMS views these allegations in serious light. Therefore, these suspensions and investigations are in line with our zero-tolerance to unethical conduct. We will not rest until information received has been investigated and based on the findings, appropriate steps will be taken. We also wish to make it clear that ALL CMS executives will be immediately subjected to a lifestyle audit,” said Kabane.

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