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Ramaphosa backs Deputy-President seeking medical care in Russia

President Cyril Ramaphosa has come out in support of his deputy David Mabuzaʼs decision to seek medical care in Russia, telling MPs it was...

Phaahla defends security group accused of liability for Charlotte Maxeke thefts

Health Minister Joe Phaahla is adamant the security company contracted to guard Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital could not be linked to the theft charges...

Concern about other serious diseases falling through the cracks in SA

WHILE South Africa grapples with high COVID infections, recording more than 83 000 deaths to date, deaths related to HIV/Aids, diabetes, and tuberculosis still...

M-Net documentary on the COVID frontline at Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital

A COVID-19 documentary being filmed at Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital, a non-profit hospital in Muckleneuk, Pretoria, will be broadcast on DStv's M-Net channel at 8.30pm on...

Noakes: The Wits dean of medicine ‘told a fib’ and ‘scored an own goal’

Following last week’s Twitter dispute between Wits University professor of vaccinology Dr Shabir Madhi and University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes, the...

COVID linked to year’s 43% surge in policyholders' death claims

Mortality claims statistics from the insurance industry show that more than a million policyholders died in the most recent one-year measurement period, which the...

Minister says SANDF ‘heads will roll’ over illegal Cuban COVID drugs

Newly appointed Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has warned her army generals that “heads will roll” over the illegal purchase by the...

Make vaccinations mandatory, says retired ConCourt judge

Retired Constitutional Court justice Edwin Cameron, known for his gay rights and antiretroviral activism, told a webinar that “hard-core anti-vaxxers in South Africa are...

International call for South Africa to double its ‘sugar tax’

In what could be yet another blow to South Africaʼs struggling sugar industry and beverage companies, leading international scholars want SA to double its...

Gauteng Health whistleblower’s assassination was meticulously plotted

Seven men from KZN were arrested on Friday 27 August in connection with the meticulously plotted assassination of Gauteng Health whistleblower Babita Deokaran earlier...

Government uncertainty over mandatory vaccinations in SA

Mandatory COVID-19 jabs for specific groups are being discussed by the ministerial advisory committee on vaccines, says its chair, Prof Barry Schoub, reports Sunday...

'Second-guessing Zuma’s medical doctors unconstitutional’ — JGZ Foundation

The Jacob G Zuma Foundation has questioned the state’s decision to appoint a doctor to ascertain whether the former president is fit to stand...

Life Esidimeni: Search continues for 8 missing mental health patients

The Life Esidimeni saga has yet to be resolved, with Gauteng Health confirming that the search for eight missing patients is ongoing, reports News24. The...

Discovery: Data show 80% of South Africans may have had COVID-19

As many as four out of five South Africans may have contracted COVID-19, indicating that the country may be one of the worldʼs hardest-hit...

More than 100 foreign-trained doctors take HPCSA to court over registration

More than 100 doctors trained overseas who have been blocked by the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) from practising in South Africa have launched urgent...

Acceptance of vaccines is increasing, especially among blacks

While vaccine acceptance has increased by five percentage points to 72%, with whites and younger people more hesitant, while acceptance has increased markedly among...

Decline in South Africa's vaccine rate is a ‘national emergency’

South Africa is facing a national emergency on top of the COVID-19 state of disaster as the vaccination pace slumps, the government admitted on...

Prison authorities: More surgery for Zuma; hospital discharge date unknown

Former president Jacob Zuma, who was taken from prison for an unknown “emergency surgical procedure” carried out on Saturday, will undergo further surgery “in...

Vosloo video: SAMA will not support doctors facing disinformation charges

The SA Medical Association will not support any medical practitioner facing charges of disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines in the aftermath of Cape Town heart...

Doctors anxious over backlogs following HPCSA's order on CPD

Some doctors have warned their regulator, the SA Health Profession’s Council (HPCSA), against creating an “administrative nightmare” that could potentially delay doctor registrations and...

Nestlé cancels contentious baby food webinar

Food and beverage conglomerate Nestlé has cancelled an online talk after health experts claimed that the company was flouting national regulations on advertising of...

Health campaigners want access to SA's vaccine contract with J&J

Activists have criticised Johnson & Johnson (J&J)  after learning that some vaccines produced at the Aspen plant in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape were...

HPCSA boss suspended one day, unsuspended the next; wants legal costs paid

Newly appointed health minister Joe Phaahla has lifted the precautionary suspension of <strong>Health Professions Council of SA's</strong> registrar and CEO David Motau. Last Thursday...

SAMRC/UCT analysis: Pandemic deaths in South Africa approach 300,000

As well as almost 75,000 death directly attributed to the pandemic, most of the 222,000 excess deaths recorded over the past year are probably...

‘Not a single vaccinated person in COVID-19 high care ward’ — Groote Schuur doctor

As Western Cape hospital admissions increase amid the COVID-19 third wave, Dr Marc Mendelson has yet to see a vaccinated person develop COVID pneumonia,...

New CEO of HPCSA charged in R8.7m fraud and corruption case; now suspended

After barely two months at the helm of the Health Professions Council (HPCSA), the new CEO/Registrar, Dr David Motau (54), who formerly headed Free...

Cosatu warns employers against ‘no jab, no job’ policy

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has issued a warning to employers that “no employee should be dismissed” for refusing to take a...

Regulator supports medical scheme fee hikes over COVID-19 concerns

Despite the precarious financial state of many South Africans, industry regulator, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), has issued a new guidance note saying...

Education ministry retreats from threats against teachers who won’t vaccinate

After initially threatening teachers who refused to be vaccinated with having to produce a full medical report or possibly facing redundancy or redeployment, the...

Nursing students reject deployment to vaccination sites

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) national student movement has rejected a directive by the health department to send third and fourth-year student...

Black pharmaceutical industry wants 30% of tenders, it tells NHI hearing in Parliament

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has failed to tackle transformation in the pharmaceutical sector, an association for black-owned pharmaceutical businesses told Parliament, reports...

Fear of public hospitals may be a cause of buoyant membership for Discovery and Medscheme

Discovery Health and Medscheme, contrary to market expectations given poor economic conditions and the trend at many other medical aids, are reporting membership growth...

South African surgical first by UCT Private Academic Hospital and Groote Schuur

While brachytherapy has been used previously as a treatment for eye tumours, a collaboration between UCT Private Academic Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital has...

Unrest abates but effects on health care will be far reaching

While the violence and looting that wracked KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng last week has abated, the health effects are likely to be far...

Durban Obs Gynae asks judge for mercy towards assaulter

A woman medical doctor, who was assaulted and badly injured by a dead patient’s brother in a Durban hospital in front of patients and staff,...

Biovac’s Cape Town to pump out millions of Pfizer vaccines for Africa

Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine will soon be partly produced in Cape Town for African countries, reports TimesLIVE. The US pharmaceutical giant and BioNTech have reached an...

R10,000 fine following abdominal hysterectomy — HPCSA’s April-July 2021 disciplinaries

A medical practitioner found guilty of unprofessional conduct after being charged with performing an abdominal hysterectomy incompetently and without patient’s consent was fined R10,000,...

Education MEC Lesufi apologises for promoting ‘miracle’ herbal cure for COVID

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised after a video on local social media showed him promoting as “miracle” cure for COVID-19 a traditional...

Black doctors complain to HRC over Colleges of Medicine exams

Black doctors have lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) against the Colleges of Medicine of SA, the body tasked by the...

COVID-19: ‘Totally inept’ government should concentrate on first doses

The government's “total ineptitude” came under fire, with from eminent vaccine and infectious diseases experts Prof Shabir Madhi of Wits University calling on the...