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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...

Limpopo Health terminates community service contracts

Limpopo Health is to terminate the contracts of more than 150 community service doctors and other professionals at the end of the month because...

KZN Health MEC puts her top officials on the public firing line

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says she has found a way of dealing with poor service delivery and the abuse of patients’ rights at...

Health MEC defends tender marred by irregularity allegations

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has come out in defence of a multimillion-rand aero-medical tender that is marred by allegations of irregularity and...

Bogus doctor worked for month in Gauteng hospital

A 24-year-old man hoodwinked the Mamelodi Hospital into accepting him to work as a student doctor while he did not have qualifications, says a...

Ramped up security following killing of hospital patients

Following the recents killing of at least two patients, the provincial governments of Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape have ramped up security measures,...

Gauteng Health worst for non-payment of creditors

Gauteng Health is the worst in the province when it comes to non-payment of suppliers, with 987 businesses owed a combined R1.9bn dating back...

Two more attacks at hospitals; patient killed

Hospital staff and patients came under attack in two separate incidents in the Eastern Cape at the weekend, with one patient stabbed to death...

3 bogus doctors arrested in registered practice

Three bogus doctors from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been arrested working in the registered practice of a Springs doctor. Springs residents...

KZN Health MEC demands answers after rape of nurse

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has demanded answers from Nkonjeni Hospital's management in Mahlabathini and a contracted security company after a nurse was raped...

Gauteng needs R6bn for ailing hospitals to pass muster

Gauteng hospitals are in such bad condition that it will cost about R6bn to make them compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act....

KZN Health investigates claim of needle left in jaw

KwaZulu-Natal Health is investigating yet another allegation of negligence after an object thought to be part of a needle was left in a man’s...

Eastern Cape Health has called in sick

The Eastern Cape government is clearly sick to its core, with the various government departments racking up in excess of 1.2m days of sick...

6,000 surgical patients in Gauteng face up to 3-year wait

Nearly 6,000 patients are awaiting surgery at Gauteng’s major academic hospital, The Citizen reports. More than 4,000 were registered at George Mukhari Academic Hospital,...

Orthopaedic surgeon alleged to have planned hit on neurosurgeon is murdered

A prominent orthopaedic surgeon who earlier faced charges in connection with an alleged hit planned against his neurosurgeon brother-in-law, has been stabbed to death...

Gauteng Health fails to spend its budget, despite service backlogs

Gauteng Health failed to spend a whopping R750m of its 2018/19 budget despite the huge backlogs in providing quality health services. IoL reports that...

NICD confirms measles outbreak in North West

Three laboratory-confirmed measles cases were detected in Rustenburg sub-district, Bojanala Platinum district in North West province within a period of four weeks, the National...

Tender bungle brings EC hospital's operating theatres to a standstill

Six operating theatres at Livingstone Hospital are standing empty while more than forty highly qualified personnel, including surgeons, theatre sisters, anaesthetists and auxiliary...