Eastern Cape health and education departments lose millions every year on lawsuits

The two departments have spent R34m on legal fees with private firms to lighten the burden on snowed-under state attorneys

North West health department badly run and out of money

The department began the 2018-2019 fiscal year on April 1 owing suppliers close to R1bn

Medicine makers await price hike decision

Manufacturers want an extra price increase on medicines to compensate for the rand’s slide

Fund calls for full state control over where private sector doctors work

Board of Healthcare Funders calls for better planning and regulations to enforce efficient allocation of human resources

Faecal transfer may heal a plethora of ills, say Belgian scientists

Decades of research have shown that good faecal microbiota can repopulate guts with bad ones, but donors can be hard to find

Joburg hospital spreads its load

Charlotte Maxeke refers cases to other hospitals to ease waiting list

Deaths at Tower Hospital fabricated by psychiatrist who ‘no longer cares’

The health ombud says the doctor went to the press alleging 90 patients had died, while the facility’s stats show just 8.5 deaths a year

Committee concerned about staff vacancy rates in KZN hospitals and clinics

The high vacancy rates are largely due to the province’s moratorium on hiring for non-clinical posts, but poor infrastructure maintenance is also a factor

Medical male circumcision: is the HIV prevention claim wrong?

A study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga have a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men

Study reveals fake medicines are rife in Africa

SA’s problem is relatively small, say pharmacists, after analysing 96 previous studies of falsified and substandard medicines

Provinces race to find money for cancer drug

The health department approves new breast cancer treatment without securing additional funding

Shocking state hospital stats: more than 20,000 patients harmed since 2016

A breakdown of figures shows that Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the most dangerous hospital in Gauteng, with 4‚320 incidents recorded of accidental ...

Cope MP campaigns for bill to protect rights of terminally ill patients

Under the present system patients are being subjected to treatments they don’t want because medical staff and families are scared of prosecution

Health department’s TB drug price coup opens access to patients

Deal applies to SA and other countries that procure bedaquiline through Stop TB Partnership’s facility

Human rights commission mulls wide-ranging inquiry into Gauteng’s ailing hospitals

The commission’s Buang Jones is concerned about the state of Jubilee District Hospital, where some people ‘spend the whole day without ...

DA determined that health officials pay for R159m compensation in Life Esidimeni tragedy

The amount, paid in total to 134 claimants, has come from taxpayers’ pockets, but the DA says those ‘responsible’ for the deaths of 144 patients should pay ...

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