Pillay appointed Acting D-G

The Department of Health (DoH) has given notice this evening that Dr Anban Pillay, NHI Deputy D-G, has been appointed Acting Director-General with immediate effect following...

D-G Precious Matsoso leaves Department of Health

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced this morning that Ms Precious Matsoso, director-general (D-G) for nine years and former head of the Medicines...

More health professional sceptism, emigration plans revealed in latest Solidarity NHI...

In the wake of the unprecedented exposure given to the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system and all its elements in the last 12...

Four-year delay in addressing HPCSA problems ‘outrageous’: SAMA

It is outrageous that the same problems identified in the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) by the late Prof Bongani Mayosi’s Ministerial Task Team four years...

Travel medicine planning often skips contraception

When women visit travel medicine clinics before a trip, analysis of their pre-journey health needs often doesn’t cover contraception options and availability, a new...

Periodic payments, provision of services in malpractice claims ‘door opened a...

The door to the opportunity to provide compensation by way of the provision of services and/or periodic payments in medical malpractice claims has been...

Life-threatening infections risks greater with stress-related disorders

Stress-related disorders being associated with an increased risk for life-threatening infections has been confirmed a study just published online in The BMJ. Huan Song, M.D., Ph.D.,...

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Acclaimed radiologist mourned

Netcare has expressed deep sadness at the passing of eminent Johannesburg-based diagnostic radiologist, Dr Harry Said, who practiced at Netcare Park Lane Hospital.   “We...

Over 100 000 submissions received on NHI Bill

As the National Portfolio Committee on Health embarks on its public hearing process on the NHI, due to start tomorrow (25 October) in Mpumalanga,...

NHI through the eyes of the man who is going to...

   “I am blessed to be an eternal optimist and a utilitarian. I would not have climbed into the bullring if I were not...

GPs can drastically reduce healthcare costs – IPAF

Private family practitioners in South Africa generate 45% of direct and indirect healthcare expenditure, often via inappropriate hospitalisation and surgery, even though they only...

SAMA’s trade union arm placed under administration

The trade union arm of SAMA has been placed under administration by the Registrar of the Labour Court in terms of Section 103A. According...

Healthcare contributions to be rewarded at second annual ASAIPA National Medical...

The second annual National Medical Awards ceremony – recognising  those healthcare practitioners who are devoted to deliver the best service in their profession -...

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Medical schemes not up to members’ expectations, survey shows

Medical schemes are facing tremendous pressure in a low growth market where customer expectations and utilisation are very high and increasing, while loyalty is...

Harnessing Africa’s potential to develop medicines for its people

The director and founder of the University of Cape Town’s world renowned Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D, Prof Kelly Chibale, is on a drive to highlight...

New nursing training qualifications to kick in next year

In a bid to avert the looming crisis in the training of new nurses from next year, the Ministers of Health and Higher Education,...