Dear Member

Thank you to the practitioners who has renewed their membership.  For those who have not done so yet, this is a friendly reminder to renew your SAOPA membership for 2020. For us to represent you, our members in practice, and to ensure our future as Orthotists and Prosthetists the SAOPA NEC needs your support.

On the back of the member input interim results, the SAOPA NEC have listened to the members and consequently decided to extend the renewal of SAOPA membership to the 30th of April 2020. We are also extremely grateful, especially during these trying times, to inform you that PPS Health Professions Indemnity has agreed to extend their grace period for SAOPA members to complete the administration linked to the switching of your MPI cover. Please note the following from PPS Health Professions Indemnity in this regard.

• The initial grace period announced is extended to 20 April 2020.

• Payment terms available are either single debit order or monthly debit orders (the first debit order will be a catch up for four months i.e. January 2020 to April 2020).

• Incidents that members are aware of at the time of completing their application will be excluded from cover.

• All other terms and conditions remain as previously communicated.

Please note that your previous insurance cover under the SAOPA members group scheme came to an end on 31 December 2019 and delays and/or failure to procure replacement cover exposes members to the risk of claims during the interim period. Further, we understand from PPS Health Professions Indemnity that they are currently assisting members on two HPCSA matters reported and that in their judgement both represent a risk for future patient claims for damages

The objectives of the extension are amongst others:

  1. Provide the SAOPA NEC an opportunity to provide you with details, updates and progress on the actions embarked upon the priority areas as identified recently
  2. Provide members an opportunity to be part of these processes and restore belief and unity in the profession and its representatives
  3. Although opportune and not necessarily intended, the inevitable postponement of due payments is a welcome relief amidst the economic strain brought by the covid-19 virus

As leadership we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory with the demands and challenges of the coronavirus.  The extent of its effects is not yet fully understood and the influence on operations are subjected to constant changes and information as and when it becomes available.  The SAOPA NEC undertakes to keep you updated and informed.

Stay positive, this too shall pass!