National Health Compact: “We are working on it but need more...

Work on the much-anticipated health compact aimed at putting in place concrete steps and undertakings to fix the country’s ailing healthcare system is continuing but will...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Surgical skills easily acquired when treated as a hobby

The best way to train surgeons is to remove the stress of residency programmes and make surgery a hobby. Under relaxed conditions outside a formal educational...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

Senior CMS official suspended over corruption allegations

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has served its General Manager of Compliance and Investigations, Stephen Mmatli with a letter of precautionary suspension pending the outcome...

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New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

Combination treatment, metformin and immunotherapy, may help to fight breast cancer

MYC, a gene with high cancer-initiating potential, is overexpressed in over 40% of breast cancers. While MYC programs breast cancer cells to build more macromolecules (anabolic...

HMI seminars cancelled as budget constraints delays Final Report again

The Competition Commission has issued a statement that due to budget constraints the final report of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the private sector will...

Pelvic floor disorders associated with childbirth delivery method

A new study published in JAMA suggests that vaginal childbirth substantially increases the probability a woman will develop a pelvic floor disorder, such as...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Locally developed e-scripting platform to enhance doctor, pharmacist prescription...

An e-scripting application which enables doctors to create a digital script and sign it with a password or PIN using their personal electronic signature,...

Many women get unnecessary mammograms before breast reduction surgery

Each year, thousands of younger women with no known risk of breast cancer get mammograms before having breast reduction surgery. A study published in JAMA Surgery found that...

Expert teams to assist provinces in managing medical negligence claims

The National Health Department (NDoH) says it will start deploying teams of experts to provincial Health Departments from next month to help address and manage skyrocketing...

Negligence claims against state soar to R80.4 bn

Medical negligence claims against the state have tripled in the past year with the total value now exceeding R80 billion according to data obtained by Business...

Women gain weight when job demands are high

Heavy pressures at work seem to predispose women to weight gain, irrespective of whether they have received an academic education. This is shown in...