President Jabob Zuma with four of his wives[/caption]Polygamy increases the risk of heart disease by more than fourfold, reveals Saudi Arabian research. The risk and severity of heart disease increased with the number of wives. Dr Amin Daoulah, a cardiologist at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, whose multicentre observational study was presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2015, said ‘This could be because the need to provide and maintain separate households multiplies the financial burden and emotional expense. Each household must be treated fairly and equally, and it seems likely that the stress of doing that for several spouses and possibly several families of children is considerable.’
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has in short order sharply criticised medical malpractice lawyers, instituted an inquiry into the Health Professions Councils of SA (HPCSA), another into state hospital CEOs, and been highly critical of specialists and private hospital groups: * State hospital CEOs are in cahoots with malpractice lawyers, says Motsoaledi, ‘deliberately failing to apply norms and standards’, hoping something would go wrong. They then colluded with state attorneys to deliberately ‘mismanage ... so that we lose the case’. The SA Medical Association notes ‘several cases where nurses and admin clerks are being investigated for selling patient files to lawyers specialising in malpractice’. * Motsoaledi has appointed a six-person panel to investigate claims of poor governance and mismanagement at the HPCSA. * Motsoaledi has blamed ‘profit-maximising specialists and hospitals’ for the high cost of medical care in the DOH submission to the Competition Commission inquiry into private healtcare.
Summary report drawn from City Press, Polity, HPCSA, Politicsweb, Moneyweb and DOH material