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Scopa told that Ramaphosa wants ‘more information’ on Digital Vibes

The Presidency has asked the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for further information on its Digital Vibes investigation that led to Health Minister Dr Zweli...

Delta variant dominates Gauteng and is spreading to rest of SA

The highly contagious Delta variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus is the driving force behind the large increase in COVID-19 cases in Gauteng and is...

‘Extreme concern’ over EFF threats against SAHPRA

Threats by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) against the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) unless it immediately approved the use of the Russia’s Sputnik V...

SANDF’s military hospitals now ‘in intensive care’

The SA National Defence Force’s military hospitals have fallen into disrepair, mired in mismanagement, waste and possible corruption amounting to billions of rands, reports...

Gauteng Health too broke to fight third wave

Gauteng Health’s efforts to stem the COVID-19 third wave are being thwarted by a cash crunch, with government calling on the private sector to help,...

Doctor fired for forging scripts after pharmacist blows whistle

A doctor fired halfway through a two-year internship after forging prescriptions to obtain addictive drugs blamed a deterioration in his mental health after starting...

Decuplets a 'journalistic error', says health department

The national health department has broken its silence on the alleged birth of decuplets, describing Independent Media's allegations as “a journalistic error”. Gauteng Health...

SA scrambles to ease vaccine supply crunch following J&J setback

With the country officially having entered the third wave, South Africa is looking to accessing the Chinese and Russian vaccines and Aspen is moving...

Provinces rack up at least R23bn in irregular Health expenditure

Most of  South Africa’s provincial health departments irregular expenditure has shot up, with little or no attempt to rectify matters through the cancellation of...

Covid-19 looting: SIU targets Durban doctors' medical web

A Special Investigations Unit (SIU) partial audit of the billions of rands the government spent fighting Covid-19, has implicated two Durban doctors and their web...

Digital Vibes corruption: Mkhize's 'special leave' may be permanent

In response to growing pressure, both from within the African National Congress and the public, President Cyril Ramaphosa this week placed minister of health...

Forensic investigation into 'rot' at Compensation Fund

Employment & Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says forensic investigators will be appointed by the end of June to get to the bottom of the...

Magashule: ‘Denialist' Mbeki should be prosecuted for AIDS deaths

Suspended secretary-general of the ANC, Ace Magashule, has accused former President Thabo Mbeki for being an AIDS denialist and suggests that he should be...

Scooter ambulance tender unlawful; Premier's adviser faces disciplinary action

The R10.1m scooter ambulance tender awarded by Eastern Cape Health to Fabkomp has been declared unlawful by the Special Tribunal and the provincial premier's...

Gauteng recorded only 42% of estimated Covid-19 deaths

Gauteng Health says that it has recorded only about 42% (10,770) of the excess deaths figure estimated by the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC),...

Pharmacists concerned over 'limited dialogue' on NHI Bill

Pharmacists have raised concern over the government's ‘limited dialogues’ with them on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, reports News24. During parliamentary public hearings on...

Workplaces join vaccination rollout effort

Business, labour and the government have reached agreement at Nedlac on workplace Covid-19 vaccine guidelines to ensure workers are encouraged to be vaccinated, and...

Ramaphosa on alcohol ban concerns: Don't talk to me. Talk to Nedlac

President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred to Nedlac the liquor industry concerns over another possible ban on alcohol sales as COVID-19 cases increase, writes MedicalBrief. Industry...

Vaccine cheats try to game the vaccination registration system

The team at the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) has been spending hours trying to stop South Africans younger than 60 — who keep...

Support from Wits study for high seroprevalence in SA

In some part of Gauteng, up to 43% of the population already has COVID-19 antibodies, according to a study by Wits University vaccinologist Prof...

Sanofi/GSK trials boosts vaccine hopes; turns to SA variant

Sanofi/GlaxoSmithKline's potential COVID-19 vaccine triggered strong immune responses in all adult age groups in preliminary trials, writes <strongMedicalBrief. New trials will test the vaccine...

Police minister apologises as Forensic Lab backlog grows

Police Minister Bheki Cele has apologised in the National Assembly for the backlog of more than 200 000 outstanding DNA results in the state...

SIU probe into fraudulent PPE contracts now exceeds R14bn

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is investigating allegations regarding the irregular procurement of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) with a contract value of R14.2bn...

Clicks buys Pick n Pay's retail pharmacy business

In a deal that still requires regulatory approval, Clicks is buying Pick n Pay’s retail pharmacy business as it accelerates the expansion of its...

SA's stop-start vaccine roll-out has increased hesitancy — Nids-Cram Survey

South Africa's stop-start vaccination roll-out, coupled with miscommunication and fear fuelled by reports of blood clots and other side effects has had the insidious...

Mkhize said to have warned provinces over third wave

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned provinces that the country is, in essence, in the third wave of COVID-19, reports News24, citing "government...

J&J roll-out falters again despite SAHPRA clearing jab for pregnant women

While health regulator SAHPRA has given pregnant and breastfeeding women the green light to receive the Johnson & Johnson jab, the vaccine's rollout has...

As SA tests for Indian variant, MAC members said to want tighter border controls

South Africa is testing for the COVID-19 strain from India, following at least 28 cases on two vessels in ports and three air passengers...

Provinces to pay another R45m for Cuban students following currency ‘miscalculation'

Following a foreign exchange miscalculation, provincial health departments have been instructed by the National Department of Health to kick in another R45m to the R122m...

CMS backs patients' rights to independent healthcare providers

The Council for Medical Schemes has banned the imposition of excessive co-payments on patients who choose health-care providers outside the designated service providers (DSPs)...

Mkhize: Pfizer backs down over 'unreasonable demands'

Pfizer has backed down over its controversial demand that the South African government put up sovereign assets guaranteeing an indemnity against the cost of...

State-owned pharma 'exists just in name', Blade tells Parliament

Since 2011, the government has tried at least three different approaches, and spent millions of rand, to establish a state-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer – but...

Ivermectin climbdown comes with multimillion price tag for SAHPRA and DoH

Government resistance to the use of Ivermectin is over, reports MedicalBrief. A settlement agreement with the four groups that had gone to court to...

More vaccine confusion: MAC contradicts Mkhize over Novavax

There has been yet another vaccine fumble, this time over the Novavax vaccine writes MedicalBrief. Health Minister Mkhize told parliament that the ministerial advisory...

Mkhize: Pfizer agreement sets stage for 'rapid expansion' of rollout

South Africa has signed an agreement with Pfizer Inc for 20m dual-shot COVID-19 vaccine doses, TimesLIVE reports a government official said, boosting plans to...

SAHPRA settles over Ivermectin; AfriForum gets R500,000 costs

The civil rights organisation AfriForum and Dr George Coetzee have successfully obtained a settlement and R500,000 costs agreement with the SA Health Products Regulatory...

SA vaccine rollout: A supply boost and ambitious new plans

South Africa's fumbling vaccine rollout was boosted this week with a commitment of 30m Johnson & Johnson doses with deliveries starting by end April,...

Pfizer demands personal indemnity from SA Health and Finance ministers

Pfizer is demanding that South Africa’s Health and Finance ministers personally sign a COVID-19 vaccine supply agreement so that it is indemnified from any...

NCCC considering move to Alert Level 2 ahead of Easter

The National Coronavirus Command Council is considering moving South Africa to Alert Level 2 ahead of Easter, writes MedicalBrief. Co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee...

Lesotho moves to cancel Netcare's annual R500m contract

Netcare’s R500m-a-year contract to manage the biggest hospital in Lesotho hangs by a thread after the government moved to cancel the deal, reports BusinessLIVE. This...