Eskom and procurement rules threatening rural patients’ care

By Chris BatemanA combination of Eskom power outages and BEE-impacted procurement rules is putting patients in deep rural hospitals at heightened risk as managers...

Local healthcare workers fear mental health stigma

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a rise in mental health disorders worldwide1 with healthcare workers on the frontline among the most affected, yet those who...

Addressing healthcare incident issues to curb medicolegal claims

Identifying healthcare incidents, recognising he needs of those affected, examining what happened to understand the causes, and responding with action to mitigate will be...

Covid-related hospital admissions on the up again as 5th wave becomes...

 South Africa has for all intents and purposes entered the 5th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with a sustained rise in the number of...

Hybrid Cardiology theme for SA Heart 2022

Theme for the 22nd SA Heart Annual Congress 2022, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 27 to 30 October, will be “Face to Face | The...

Why medical aid schemes and insurance companies should be allowed to...

The outbreak of COVID-19 has once again shed a spotlight on the importance of affordable access to quality primary healthcare. When the pandemic was...

New Barrett oesophagus guidelines ‘reflect evolving knowledge base’

The authors of updated guidelines* for the diagnosis and management of Barrett oesophagus (BO) have recommended that dysplasia of any grade detected on BO...

Contemporary concepts in antimicrobial therapy: Earn 2 CPD points

Driven by over prescription, indiscriminate use and the increase in resistance against antibiotics, ,antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global...

HIE: A solution to address SA’ highly fragmented health system

Although Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the country’s private healthcare system, the data contained in these records remain highly...

Fifth Covid wave builds – along with vax hesitancy

While epidemiologists closely monitor fast-rising Covid-19 infections to enable a rapid, efficient response to a fifth wave, vaccine hesitancy is becoming ever more entrenched,...

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Healthcare worker twice infected with Covid variants in 20 days

Researchers in Spain have given details of a 31-year-old female healthcare worker who caught COVID-19 twice within three weeks, in a case report that...

Joystick-operated robot could help surgeons treat stroke remotely

A video of the process is available on: https://youtu.be/IYlHl6h8lm4  Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a telerobotic system to help surgeons quickly...

Healthcare workers urged to get flu jab as a priority

Healthcare workers have again been urged to get vaccinated against the flu this year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to put stress on healthcare...

Netcare launches care drive for flood-stricken KZN

The Netcare Group has launched a major community relief project in support of the people of KwaZulu-Natal who have been impacted by the recent floods in...

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DoH’s essential incident and complaint guidance for healthcare professionals welcomed

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has welcomed the publication of two pieces of essential guidance from the Department of Health, providing healthcare professionals with...

NHI Bill: schemes’ ‘hackle’ clause can be removed, re-worded

The draft NHI Bill clause causing “conflict and confusion” among medical schemes, i.e. Section 8 2b – “which gives the impression that the intention...