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...

First evidence that fat accumulates in the lungs of overweight and...

Researchers have shown for the first time that fatty tissue accumulates in the airway walls, particularly in people who are overweight or obese. Scientists already...

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...

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...

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...

State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 1* As a general rule an employer, such as a private hospital or, the Province, in the case of a state health facility, is liable...

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...

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,...

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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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...

Statement on ethics of AI in radiology published

Experts in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology, from many of the world’s leading radiology, medical physics and imaging informatics groups, have...