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SA business expects rise in court action on vaccine mandates in 2022

An escalation in legal action regarding mandatory vaccines is expected by South African business this year, which anticipates a rise in resistance from staff...

US Supreme Court says no to Biden's vaccine-or-test policy for big companies

America’s Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, but has given the green light...

Malawi High Court dismisses mandatory vaccine challenge by civil society group

A High Court in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe has dismissed an application by a civil society group aimed at stopping the government from implementing mandatory...

SA’s compulsory DNA sampling legislation ‘should also apply to convicted criminals’

While the proclamation of legislation to enforce compulsory DNA sampling of alleged offenders takes effect on 1 February, activists have said the same should...

Nurse in Italy caught faking shots, ditching vaccine, to enable fraudulent health passes

Italian police have arrested a nurse on charges that he faked giving coronavirus vaccinations to at least 45 people so they could get a...

Jailed US drug company boss barred for life, ordered to repay $64m

American Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical company executive who ordered dramatic price hikes of a lifesaving medicine, has been barred from the industry for...

SANDF medical students lose appeal for reinstatement after Cuban ‘mutiny’

A group of 35 SA Military Health Service personnel who went absent without leave (AWOL) during their Cuban medical training as doctors have lost...

B4SA prepares court papers for legal certainty on compulsory vaccines

Business for SA (B4SA), formed after the COVID-19 outbreak to assist the government with policy responses, said on Monday (10 January) it is pushing...

New vaping rules and taxes planned for South Africa

The National Treasury in South Africa has published a discussion paper outlining a proposal on the taxation of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems...

Colombian woman dies by euthanasia after historic legal battle

A 51-year-old Colombian woman died by euthanasia on Saturday (8 January) after a historic legal battle to exercise the right in this majority-Catholic country. The...

Chequered history of Ivermectin rulings in US court state courts

US courts have in the past year ruled on a number of lawsuits regarding treatment with Ivermectin for hospitalised COVID-19 patients, reports MedPage Today. MedPage...

Federal court bars Pentagon from punishing vaccine refusers

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the US Department of Defence from punishing a group of Navy SEALs and other special forces...

Founder of blood-test startup convicted of fraud

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the US blood-testing company Theranos, has been convicted of defrauding investors after a months-long landmark trial in California. Prosecutors said Holmes...

Medico-legal claims comment period extended by SALRC

The return date for comment on Discussion Paper 154 on Project 141: Medico-legal Claims, has been extended, says the SA Law Reform Commission. As reported...

South Africa’s overseas-trained doctors no longer to do training year

South African doctors trained abroad will now be allowed to sit local entry exams without needing to complete a conversion year of clinical training,...

Medicolegal claims double to R74bn and fuel an exodus of specialists

Medicolegal claims against the State have doubled from R37bn in 2016 to R74bn in 2020/21, reports Financial Mail. In obstetrics, gynaecology and neurosurgery, annual...

US medical boards oppose legislation on disciplining doctors

The number of US doctors spreading disinformation or inaccurate facts about COVID-19 and its treatment is increasing, but few have been disciplined by their...

Founder of ‘breakthrough’ blood-testing technology gives evidence

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of now-defunct “breakthrough” US blood testing company, Theranos, concluded her testimony in her fraud trial. Holmes, 37, faces nine counts...

US Supreme Court again rejects religious challenge to vaccine mandate

The US Supreme Court has rejected challenges to the New York state mandate that healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. The legal challenge was...

UK quarantine: Out-of-pocket travellers to SA take government to court

The UK government is being taken to court by angry returning travellers from southern Africa over a “fundamental breach of human rights” and the...

Clicks Group’s SCA wins appeal over ICPA complaint on pharmacies

The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted the appeal by the Clicks Group against a decision of the Western Cape High Court that had...

New CPD guidelines from AHPCSA for complementary medicine practitioners

The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA): guidelines for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for acupuncture, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, chiropractic,...

Cape High Court dismisses liquor ban application by wine industry body Vinpro

The Western Cape High Courtʼs ruling on Tuesday dismissing the wine industry bodyʼs application against the liquor bans was a blow and a disappointment...

Cederberg municipal officials and company owner charged with PPE fraud

Three senior Cederberg municipal officials and the owner of a private company have appeared in the Clanwilliam Magistrate’s Court after their arrest by the...

Supreme Court inquiry into Brazil president linking vaccination to AIDS infection

Brazil’s Supreme Court has opened an inquiry into comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro claiming that COVID-19 vaccines may increase the chance of contracting...

Portugal’s president vetoes physician-aided death Bill for the second time

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has, for the second time, vetoed a Bill to allow physician-assisted death in Portugal. The Bill aims to to...

Italian man charged over wearing fake arm to avoid COVID vaccine

An Italian man determined to obtain a health pass, by any means, now faces fraud charges after arriving for his COVID-19 vaccine wearing a...

Austrian surgeon fined for amputating wrong leg

An Austrian court has fined a surgeon for amputating the wrong leg of an elderly patient. According to a report in The Guardian, the...

SAMA calls for specialised courts to handle medico-legal cases

The SA Medical Association has called for the establishment of specialised medical courts to deal with medico-legal cases. The Star reports that in addition...

Pupils’ COVID jabs vital: Section27 in bid to dismiss ACDP application

Barring 12- to 17-year-olds from getting COVID-19 vaccines will lead to further academic interruptions and curtail efforts to limit the virus’s spread, according to...

Basic Education Department releases guidelines for handling pregnant pupils

An approved Department of Basic Education (DBE) policy provides detailed guidelines on the procedure for handling a pupil's pregnancy, which includes upholding a child's...

Gqeberha doctor fined R120,000 over fake medical certificates for truck drivers

A Gqeberha-based medical doctor has been fined R120,000 and handed a suspended striking from the roll, for fraudulently issuing medical certificates required by drivers...

Health DG cleared in Digital Vibes contract probe and returns to work

National Health Department DG Sandile Buthelezi has been cleared of all charges relating to the R150m Digital Vibes contract. Nearly three months after being...

Public hearings highlight issue of ‘safe relinquishment’ of unwanted babies

As the Portfolio Committee on Social Development continues with the nationwide public consultations on legalising the “safe relinquishment” of unwanted babies, some local NGOs...

Botswana’s landmark gay rights ruling upheld by Court of Appeal

Botswana’s government lost a legal attempt on Monday (29 November) to overturn a landmark ruling that decriminalised homosexuality. eNCA reports that the country's High...

Jailed gynae whose conviction was reversed by ConCourt ends silence

Dr Danie van der Walt, the first South African doctor jailed for the death of a patient and who served eight months of a...

Medical parole makes moot ‘racist’ DA’s application on Zuma

Papers arguing that the application seeking to have Jacob Zuma’s medical parole withdrawn and have him returned to jail to serve out his time...

Pretoria doctor suspended for 3-years over patients’ investments

A Pretoria doctor who persuaded patients and former patients to invest in a company that he knew was failing at the time, and which...

Esidimeni Inquest roundup: Former Health MEC ‘inspired fear’

People working with former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu were afraid of disagreeing with her, testified Levy Mosenogi, the manager of the Life Esidimeni...

SIU hands Defence Force PPE corruption cases to NPA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has finalised its investigation into PPE corruption and fraud in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). Zakheni Strategic...