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...

Extended hormone therapy associated with improved cognition

A new study published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) demonstrates the benefits of extended oestrogen exposure and longer-term...

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...

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...

Prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain: Researchers

New research from King’s College London has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development. In their study published in Biological Psychiatry,...

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...

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Looking at “everyday” factors that affect health

As the world celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, the focus is on “everyday” factors that affect the health of the population. A pharmaceutical firm concerned...

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,...

Monitoring BP medication compliance does not improve control

Interactive interventions to improve medication adherence do not improve blood pressure (BP) control, a study recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has...

Gauteng Health back account attached to pay medical negligence claims

Gauteng Health Department bank accounts have been attached to enforce payment of R574 730 051 for 213 cases of medical negligence since January 2018. This was...

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Focus on healthcare quality and patient safety at ISQua conference

Together with The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) and Mediclinic International, the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) will be hosting...

Claim against attorneys for prescribing a medical malpractice claim

The plaintiff sued a firm of attorneys for allowing his claim against the MEC for health to prescribe. His injuries arose out of him...