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Wits dental students complain about ‘inhumane’ working conditions

Wits University dental students claim the institution is making them work in crowded and untenable conditions, saying that since the Wits Oral Health department...

Western Cape nursing shortage: 188 of 4,484 posts are vacant

A “massive number” of unfilled nursing vacancies as well as a decrease in funded posts at clinics in the Western Cape and severe staff...

Allegations of ‘vaccine racism’ in North West by white officials

The North West Health has suspended three officials in Delareyville for allegedly denying black community members COVID-19 vaccines and reserving them for friends and...

WHO joins Health Department investigation into Eastern Cape’s high COVID-19 death rate

Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), accompanied by a team from the national Health Department, has started the probe into the Eastern Capes’s...

Nursing unions: State hospitals like rudderless ships, with acting CEOS

The shortage of appropriately skilled medical leadership at Gauteng hospitals is frustrating nursing trade unions, reports the Sunday Independent. Apparently, despite the province reeling under...

Wastewater analysis identifies KZN unrest as super-spreader event

The Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology (IWWT) at the Durban University of Technology has identified the recent civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal as a...

Charlotte Maxeke to fully reopen only in 2023 after ‘at least’ R1bn repair

Johannesburg’s fire-ravaged Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital is likely to reopen only in 2023, after repairs and renovations amounting to at least R1bn, according to...

Uitenhage Hospital nurses wear rubbish bags instead of PPE

Patients who are admitted to Kariega Provincial Hospital (Uitenhage) in the Eastern Cape at night are only attended to the next day because there...

US injects $200m into J&J vaccine production in Eastern Cape

The United States government will pump $200m into the Aspen Pharmaceutical plant in Gqeberha to expand its Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine production for...

Eastern Cape legislature orders filled 307 healthcare posts made vacant by COVID-19

Eastern Cape Health has been ordered by the provincial legislature to fill the vacancies of 307 frontline healthcare workers who died from COVID-19 in...

Water crisis continues to affect Johannesburg hospitals

Persistent water cuts are critically affecting a number of Johannesburg hospitals, with at least one patient's death linked to the crisis by the Human...

KZN private ambulances protest 'collapse' of their business

Private sector ambulance companies delivered a memorandum to KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Zulu’s office in Pietermaritzburg this week, in protest against what they call...

Free State hospitals under strain of rising infections and protests

Free State hospitals and healthcare workers are under strain of increased COVID-19 infections and deaths, as well as violent service delivery protests, reports TimesLIVE. Infectious...

Gauteng Health denies safety failures in Charlotte Maxeke's R40m fire

Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and its fire hydrants were operationally compliant, says Gauteng Health, among claims that the latest fire is part of...

Mpumalanga baby has amputation following diarrhoea admission

Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has visited with the family of a three-week-old baby who had her hand amputated in hospital. TimesLIVE reports that the...

EC Health ordered to reinstate hospital CEO immediately

Eastern Cape Health has been ordered to immediately reinstate the CEO of Fort England Hospital, Dr Roger Walsh, after the Labour Appeal Court found...

8 Gauteng Health CEOs disciplined for oversight failures

Eight CEOs of Gauteng Health facilities have been charged internally for not complying with or overseeing health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic....

5 years on, Gauteng Health is still missing 8 Esidimeni patients

Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi has admitted that her department was still searching for eight mental health patients who were reported missing at Life...

EC Health finds R400m to pay contract health workers

After a public outcry coupled with protest action, the Eastern Cape Health has sourced R400m to keep 8,000 COVID-19 contract workers employed for the...

Eastern Cape ends 5,000 community healthcare worker jobs

The contracts of more than 5,000 community healthcare workers (CHW) in the Eastern Cape will be terminated at the end of March because the...

Eastern Cape Health: R3.8bn in unpaid bills and R37bn in legal claims

A court order attaching the funds of the Eastern Cape Health Department has left it unable to pay service providers, opposition politicians claiming that...

Continued high turnover of provincial health MECs

Only two of South Africa's provincial health minister have been in their positions for four or more years, with some "eyebrow raising" appointments seemingly...

Health workers milked state of R2bn — Limpopo Health

Limpopo Health has accused thousands of its health workers of milking the state of nearly R2bn in the past two years by allegedly manipulating...

UKZN suspends staff over 'cash-for-places' at medical school

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has suspended several staff members at its medical school after being singled out in a probe looking into a...

R431m wasted on pointless sanitising of Gauteng schools

The Gauteng Education Department has vowed to take action after a report revealed allegedly dodgy spending of about R431m for the pointless decontamination, deep-cleaning...

Inquests ordered after 6 patients die at Shifa Private Hospital

Six patients died when their oxygen supply was interrupted at Shifa Private Hospital in Durban. Lenmed Group spokesperson Michelle Naidoo is quoted in The...

KZN medical fraternity mourns the death of 3 doctors

KwaZulu-Natal’s embattled medical fraternity is mourning the loss of three doctors who all succumbed to the virus within a week. According to a Sunday...

61 medical and support staff at two Durban hospitals test positive for COVID-19

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has confirmed that 61 health care staff, including doctors, nurses and clerks, tested positive for COVID-19 at RK Khan...

'As much as a third' of Eastern Cape ambulance fleet in for repairs

As many as a third of the Eastern Cape’s state ambulance fleet are in for repairs, at a time when COVID-19 numbers in the...

Alarm over Eastern Cape crisis is 'fake news' says province

The SA Medical Association and Médecins Sans Frontières have called on doctors to volunteer against an Eastern Cape COVID-19 surge, while the COVID-19...

'Tribalistic' abuse of Mkhize is condemned by EC government

The Eastern Cape government has strongly condemned a song by protesting health workers aimed at Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, which apparently carried a "tribalistic...

Gauteng hospital CEO buys ‘vanity furniture' instead of equipment

“Vanity” furniture worth purchased by a Gauteng hospital CEO, who was appointed despite facing serious disciplinary charges for fraud, has highlighted the “stench” of...

Eastern Cape may flout advice and lift circumcision rites' ban

The House of Traditional Leaders in the Eastern Cape wants the suspension on traditional circumcision rites because of COVID-19 to be lifted, despite opposition...

Check on 4 Gauteng hospitals finds safety protocols are ignored

  A Mail&Guardian check on four of Gauteng's biggest state hospitals — Chris Hani Baragwanath, Charlotte Maxeke, Thelle Magoerane, and Tembisa — found that basic...

Premier puts Gauteng Health head under precautionary suspension

Gauteng premier David Makhura has placed the head of the provincial department of health under precautionary suspension with immediate effect. Business Day reports that...

SIU looting probe: Top Gauteng Health officials to pay back R30m

Gauteng Health officials implicated in the COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) looting scandal have been ordered to pay back nearly R30m and their pensions...

Fake doctors: Improve job screening KZN Health tells hospitals

KZN Health has called on its hospital managements to enforce stricter screening when taking on medical staff, following the arrest of a second bogus...

High COVID-19 antibody prevalence in Cape Town metro

A seroprevalence survey in Cape Town found that 40% of 2,700 public healthcare users tested positive for COVID-19, with antibody prevalence higher in more densely...

EC Health boss made premier's adviser was under investigation

Eastern Cape Health administration boss Dr Thobile Mbengashe who resigned to become the provincial premier's adviser has now been found to be the subject...

Questions over Limpopo's R500m of 'rushed' pandemic spending

The Limpopo Health Portfolio Committee wants MEC Phophi Ramathuba to submit a detailed report on more than R500m worth of expenditure on what it...