HPCSA issues guidance on Telemedicine Guidelines application during pandemic

Acknowledging that medical practitioners are faced with an ethical dilemma of how to contribute to the national endeavours of self-isolation and social distancing and continue...

Mitigating loneliness, anxiety in seniors

It is important clinicians pay close attention to the mental health of all patients, but particularly the elderly, with the restrictions being imposed to curb the spread...

COVID-19: Stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Researchers at MIT and the University of Colorado at Denver have proposed a stopgap measure that they believe could help Covid-19 patients who are...

Cumulative dose of oral steroids associated with hypertension Incidence

For adults with any of six chronic inflammatory diseases, a cumulative dose of oral glucocorticoids is associated with an increased incidence of hypertension, according...

Medical sector cooperative developing niche products for shareholders

 MediCoop is developing investment, finance and insurance solutions specific for health professionals’ individual and business circumstances. MediCoop’s members are also shareholders.  Medicoop investment services MediCoop’s savings products...

Despite FWA Summit postponement, Section 59 report still to be released...

In its statement announcing the postponement of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit from 2 to 3 April in Durban to a date...

Africa Health moved from May to October

After consultation with partners from around the world, the organisers of the annual Africa Health Exposition and Conference have decided to postpone this year’s...

SAMA calls for telemedicine regulations to be relaxed in COVID-19 fight

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa 15 March to contain the spread of coronavirus...

Germ destroying robots strengthening hospital infection prevention and control

With the increase in the spread of the novel coronavirus in South Africa, there has been a surge of interest among the public regarding...

Therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients: CDC

There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  At present clinical management includes infection...

SAMA advises surgeons to only provide emergency care

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African Medical Association advises that all surgeons should consider providing only emergency care. The COVID -19 pandemic is...

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Union to fight for doctor’s right to be protected against coronavirus

In the first COVID-19 labour-related court case in South Africa, trade union Solidarity will lodge an urgent application at the Labour Court on behalf...

Virus has natural origin, not ‘genetic engineering’

The analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or...

SA to participate in international COVID-19 trial

South Africa is one of 10 countries that will be joining the international Solidarity Trial that will be investigating and comparing the efficacy of...

HPCSA announces contingency plans during COVID-19 outbreak

The HPCSA says it has invoked its Business Continuity Plan in the light of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster in the...

Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious...