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...

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...

Critical Care, Anaesthesiologists issue joint COVID-19 statement

The Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) issued the following joint statement last night: The CCCSA...

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...

COVID-19 challenge no time for corporate profits: SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign had to litigate against pharmaceutical companies back in 2001 to drop the price of medicines to treat HIV: "We do...

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...

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Concomitant viral infections: ‘World can learn from us’ – Mkhize

While it is both unfortunate and bad luck that COVID-19 has reached pandemic proportions at a time when South Africa is already grappling with concomitant disease issues...

Battling COVID-19 in SA: Cooperation of doctors key to winning the...

With between 60-70% of South Africans expected to be infected with COVID-19, there is a dire need for the response of healthcare professionals to...

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...

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...

COVID-19: Health Minister to answer doctors’ questions via webinar

As reported yesterday, SAMA will be hosting a live webinar tonight (19 March) which will give doctors the opportunity to pose their questions regarding...

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...

Health Minister to address doctors’ questions on COVID-19

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa ticks up to 85 cases including eight cases of local transmission, the South...

BHF postpones annual conference

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has postponed its annual conference planned for 26-29 July in Cape Town until further notice. In a statement,...

Clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins in the US

A Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health...

COVID-19 community outbreak: will SA have enough critical care beds?

Will South Africa have enough critical care (CC) hospital beds if the outbreak becomes community-based and not merely infections from overseas travellers? Addressing this question...