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,...

Next week’s ISQua conference timely for SA

The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), in partnership with The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) and Mediclinic...

Local study sheds new light on barriers to HIV cure

An international, collaborative study led by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers has revealed an unexpected finding that could lead to better therapies towards...

Government departments owe Gauteng Health R196m

Government departments owe the struggling Gauteng health department R196 million in outstanding patient fees. DA Shadow Health MEC, Jack Bloom, says this has been disclosed in the...

Work needed ‘to restore faith in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)’

The generally negative perceptions of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes in South Africa largely due to the fragmented nature of their implementation and to...

NEHAWU to start protest action against private healthcare sector

Labour union, NEHAWU has announced that it will be picketing against the high cost of private healthcare in front of Netcare’s headquarters in Sandton...

Health Funders Association supportive of HMI recommendations

The Health Funders Association (HFA) has welcomed recommendations for the transformation of the funding industry contained in the Health Market Inquiry’s (HMI) final report...

CMS Annual Report: Financial health of schemes and members declining as...

Findings of the Health Market Inquiry on increasing healthcare costs in the private sector and its recommendations for far-reaching changes to the current status...

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State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 2 (Continued from Part 1: Med Brief Africa 8 October 2019) A Province would be vicariously liable for harm caused by the negligent conduct of...

No hospitals in Gauteng accredited for NHI

No hospitals and only 40 out of 372 provincial clinics in Gauteng have so far been assessed for the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). This...

Suicide risk needs to be better managed in SA: SASOP

Suicide is preventable, but gaps in South Africa’s public and private healthcare system need to be closed if the country is to reduce the...

Robotic-assisted total knee replacements a first for Africa

A total knee replacement operation has been carried out using the state-of-the-art Mako robotic arm assisted surgery system for the first time in Africa....

Hypoxia researchers win Nobel Prize for Medicine

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to two American scientists and one British researcher who identified how cells sense changes in...

Less than six hours’ sleep with comorbidities increases early death risk

Middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or stroke could be at higher risk for cancer and early death when...

Cerebral palsy: When is it negligence?

When can negligence be proven in cerebral palsy (CP) cases?  Even if there was negligence, can it be directly linked to the outcome of...

Social media may distract nurses…

Nurses’ productivity takes a hit when they become ‘addicted’ to using social media at work, a habit that distracts them from tasks at hand,...