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‘Brain-dead’ boy’s parents win appeal fight in life-support case

The parents of 12-year-old British boy, Archie Battersbee, have won an appeal against ending his life support treatment. A court of appeal last week...

Roe vs Wade: US abortion rights’ ruling could hurt women worldwide

The US Supreme Court’s overturning of a landmark abortion ruling threatens the freedom of women in all countries – including South Africa. While women in...

Health facility ordered to pay damages over 'finger bite' negligence

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ruled against a healthcare facility and in favour of a woman whose wedding ring finger was amputated after...

State hospitals owe R21bn in medical negligence claims

Medico-legal claims against the government amounted to billions over the past two financial years, most of it from claimants in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo,...

Medical intern with forged degree loses case to finish studies

A medical intern who worked for 16 months at Northdale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, with a fake degree, has failed in a court bid to compel...

Report flags huge gaps in children's mental health services

Child and adolescent mental healthcare services in South Africa are dire, with only one in 10 children with diagnosable mental disorders able to receive...

Brazil rape survivor, 11, finally gets abortion at 29 weeks into pregnancy

An 11-year-old girl in Brazil who was raped and did not want to give birth after becoming pregnant received a legal abortion seven weeks...

Sanco alleges multimillion rand tender fraud at Tembisa Hospital

The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has called on the Special Investigative Unit to probe allegations of a multimillion-rand tender fraud at Tembisa Hospital. These...

Court blocks Eastern Cape’s attempt to stop medical negligence payments

The Eastern Cape High Court has ruled against the provincial government’s attempt to stop money in the health department’s account from being attached by...

Solidarity calls for health regulations withdrawal before court hearing

Solidarity says it will request a punitive costs order if Health Minister Dr Joe Phaala does not withdraw the controversial health regulations. Writing in Politicsweb,...

Suspended sentence for controversial Italian transplant surgeon

A Swedish court has given a disgraced Italian surgeon a suspended sentence for causing bodily harm during an experimental stem-cell windpipe transplant, BBC News...

Another legal win for Monsanto in Roundup cancer claim battles

Bayer subsidiary Monsanto has announced that an Oregon jury had sided with it in a verdict that glyphosate, the active chemical in its popularly...

Inquest into coeliac patient's death after eating Weetabix in hospital

An 80-year-old woman with coeliac disease died within days of being fed Weetabix in a British hospital, an inquest has heard, according to a...

ConCourt dismisses mother's bid to blame hospital for child's cerebral palsy

The Constitutional Court has dismissed a Johannesburg mother’s application against the Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC, in which she blamed Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg...

'Intern' who posed as doctor wants court to let him finish degree

A case of fraud has been opened against a man who never completed his degree but who worked as a doctor at Northdale Hospital...

SCA dismisses Minister’s tobacco ban appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed an appeal by the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister against a High Court ruling that...

SIU apologises for long delay in transcribing Digital Vibes recordings

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) failed to transcribe the recorded key interviews that informed its findings against former health minister Zweli Mkhize in the...

SA nurse in UK fakes husband's death, struck off the roll

A South African nurse has been struck off Britain’s medical roll after claiming her husband had died so she could claim a £400,000 life...

UK’s NHS could cough up billions in infected blood scandal payments

Compensation for victims of the infected blood scandal, the biggest treatment disaster in the history of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), could cost billions...

HPCSA disciplinaries: Incompetent and unauthorised post-mortems and numerous counts of fraudulent medical aid claims

A GP who botched a postmortem, a graduate clinical technologist who illegally prescribed medication, and an orthotist who issues numerous fraudulent claims to a...

Groups drop vaccine legal suits

Two legal suits – one against a vaccine mandate and the other opposing a vaccines children's trial – have been abandoned by the applicants. The...

Threat to Presidency DG confirms murder plot – Deokaran family

The family of assassinated whistle-blower Babita Deokaran, who was gunned down outside her Johannesburg home last August, said they hoped protection would be provided...

Sperm donor who fathered 15 children hid his low IQ genetic condition

A judge has ordered the identity of a British sperm donor, who fathered 15 children to lesbian women without revealing he has an inheritable...

Prison sentence for US doctor claiming ‘miracle cure’ for COVID

A San Diego doctor who boasted he had a miracle cure for COVID-19, at the height of the pandemic and before vaccines were available,...

High Court dismisses psychologist’s stay of inquiry bid

An application by psychologist Christie Els for a permanent stay of inquiry proceedings against her by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has...

PPE supplier challenges Tribunal’s power in R38m forfeiture dispute

Judgment was reserved last week in a case that carries major implications for the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) probe into COVID-19 procurement corruption. The...

Bogus doctors nabbed for selling fraudulent certificates

Two people were arrested for impersonating medical doctors and fraudulently issuing medical certificates to the public. They will appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court...

Female medical students win compensation over entrance test bias

After a four-year battle, female plaintiffs who sued a top medical university in Japan for gender discrimination won compensation at Tokyo District Court on...

SAB challenge to lockdown booze ban dismissed by court

The Western Cape High Court, in a two-to-one decision, on Friday dismissed an application by South African Breweries (SAB) against the regulations banning the...

Civil society groups’ court clash against COVID rules set for July

An application by civil society groups challenging proposed regulations for COVID-19 rules will be heard by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) in July. AfriForum and DearSA...

UK surgeon ‘harmed’ 203 women with controversial, unnecessary operations

More than 200 women were left with life-changing physical problems or unable to work, while others suffered trauma and serious psychological damage after a...

Nurse convicted for performing illegal abortions

A registered clinical nurse and her sister, convicted on multiple charges of concealment of birth after performing illegal abortions in Gqeberha, will be sentenced...

Doctors win dispute over compulsory sale of hospital shares upon retirement

Seven doctors who are shareholders in Life St Mary’s private hospital in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, will keep their shares after the Eastern Cape (Mthatha)...

Medico-legal claims bill slashed, says KZN Health

While the KZN Department of Health has apparently reduced the costs of medico-legal claims against it, slashing a R459.5m bill to R242.5m, opposition parties...

Former HoD's R30m fraud case postponed

The fraud case involving a former North West Department of Health HoD, Dr Andrew Lekalakala, who is out on R5,000 bail, has been delayed...

ActionSA applies to join COVID legal challenge

ActionSA says if new regulations for COVID-19 are allowed to stand, they will amount to a breach of the constitutional order, reports EWN. The...

CCMA: Zero-severance retrenchment for jab refusal is fair

Long-standing precedents mean someone who refused a COVID-19 vaccine can be fairly retrenched without being paid any severance, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and...

Ex-student to appear in court over alleged UKZN medical school bribe

A former University of KZN student accused of faking his matric results in 2010 to secure a place at the Nelson R Mandela School...

‘Private’ cannabis use application by dismissed SAAF cadets fails in High Court

The High Court (Pretoria) has refused to hear an urgent application of four SAAF cadets kicked off a training programme for having taken cannabis,...

Sections of Mental Health Act ruled unconstitutional by High Court

Sections of the Mental Health Act that allowed the involuntary detention of patients, as occurred in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, have been declared unconstitutional...