IPAF, SAMA submit objections to ‘potentially dangerous’ pharmacist proposals

The Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF) and the SA Medical Association (SAMA) have both submitted comprehensive written objections to the SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC)...

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital documentary on HCW’s Covid-19 fight to air on M-Net

“Somewhere there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We have to believe it. Let’s hope for the dawn to break.”  Those are...

‘Negligence problem threshold’ of medical error criminalisation in SA

A “massive engagement between all parties” which would include the NPA, the HPCSA and the doctor groups, must be made to close the loop...

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Dr Phil Matley elected as new SAPPF Chair

Dr Phil Matley has been unanimously elected as the new chairperson of the South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) at a recent Directors Meeting. He succeeds...

Netcare awards top honour to highly respected specialist posthumously

Netcare has bestowed its top award, the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Award, posthumously on highly respected specialist physician and nephrologist, Dr Hendrik Viljoen (pictured above),...

TRIPS waiver for vaccine manufacture: ‘well-intentioned, but unfeasible’*

South Africa’s Department of Health has revealed that over 12.2 million COVID-19 vaccines1 have been administered so far, with 5.8 million people completely vaccinated2...

Doctors spreading unfounded opinions about COVID-19: What are the implications?

One of the big challenges in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide has been the polarisation of beliefs around key issues such as vaccines, treatments,...

Certificate of Need regulations: ‘withdraw, consult, redraft!’

The controversial Certificate of Need (CoN) draft regulations bear little relation to the empowering sections in their origin, the National Health Act of 2003,...

Recent or current COVID-19 infection linked to increased risk of VTE...

A global study published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) has shown that VTEs are 50% more likely to occur in patients with...

Doctors strongly advised to stick to evidence-based medicine, regardless…

The fact that the authors of a systematic review, “Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID‐19”1 - published by the prestigious Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at the...

New interactive MediFin Practitioner Dashboard launched*

MediFin has more than 1200 registered medical practitioners who are helping more people access better care through affordable medical loans. Now, MediFin has launched...

UCT study highlights the huge toll of postoperative deaths in Africa

Surgical patients in Africa are twice as likely to die in hospital following surgery when compared to the global average. This is due to...

Certificate of Need, schemes’ ‘new normal’ top agenda

Topical concerns for medical schemes and practitioners, namely budgeting for COVID, the pandemic progression and the Certificate of Need respectively, will be addressed in...

Outcomes measurement system vital to improve patient care in SA

Despite there being a general agreement in the South African healthcare sector that the establishment of an outcomes measurement and reporting (OMR) system is...

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Doctors to formally object to Pharmacy Act antiretroviral therapy OTC amendments

A system where pharmacists are allowed to initiate and administer anti-retroviral therapy – Schedule 4 medication – to patients over the counter oversimplifies comprehensive HIV management...

Surgeons distance themselves from vaccine misinformation

The Federation of South African Surgeons (FoSAS) have distance itself from healthcare professionals and organisations that spread unfounded opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine that...