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  • Medical school deans urge Treasury to stop Health budget cuts
    The deans of SA’s medical and dental schools have called on the National Treasury to protect the health sector from further budget cuts, warning that failure to do so will compromise public health services and jeopardise the next generation of specialists. BusinessLIVE reports that Treasury outlined unprecedented cuts in the… Read more »
  • Court issues deadline to end load shedding at hospitals, clinics
    Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has been ordered by the High Court to “take all reasonable steps” – by no later than 31 January – to ensure public hospitals, clinics, schools and police stations are not affected by load shedding. In a unanimous judgment of three judges, Judge Norman Davis called the… Read more »
  • Shoddy planning stymies Eastern Cape hospitals digital migration
    Despite forking out a massive R200m on digital infrastructure and equipment since 2021, the Eastern Cape Health Department’s roll-out of the technology has been marred by poor planning and lack of staff training. The project is being implemented in two phases in 32 healthcare centres targeting highly litigated facilities that… Read more »
  • Young doctors face placement challenges – DA
    The DA has again been inundated with calls from young doctors needing placement for their community service year, after being left in the lurch by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), says Michele Clarke, DA shadow minister of health in PoliticsWeb. Every year leading up to January and… Read more »
  • Long-term HIV/TB Eshowe project closes after major achievements
    Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will this month close its long-term HIV and TB project in Eshowe and Mbongolwane, ending the organisation’s more than 20 years of continuous HIV/TB operations in South Africa. The Eshowe project (2011-2023) represents one of the bigger investments made by an NGO in HIV… Read more »
  • Lawyer in medico-legal fees wrangle escapes sequestration bid
    Attorney Zuko Nonxuba and his wife Alicia Novelano Nonxuba escaped bankruptcy after the Eastern Cape High Court (East London) dismissed separate applications for their sequestration to pay R49.6m in medical negligence settlement monies. News24 reports that on Tuesday, the court found the money that Johannesburg-based attorneys’ firm Nonxuba Inc allegedly… Read more »
  • Hijack syndicates target health workers
    A male nurse, driving a government vehicle with five co-worker passengers, was shot and killed in a hijacking last week in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal, the second such case in the area. Another health worker was also recently hijacked on his way back from an outreach programme. The violence has been condemned… Read more »
  • DRC records 581 suspected mpox deaths
    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has recorded a growing outbreak of mpox cases linked to sexual transmission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week – the country's first outbreak defined by sexual transmission, with several early documented cases seen in sex workers. The agency said the outbreak… Read more »
  • Paediatric ‘white lung pneumonia’ cases surge in US, Denmark, China
    An area in Ohio, US, is experiencing a surge of paediatric pneumonia, including mycoplasma pneumonia – also known as white lung pneumonia – which has seen outbreaks in China and Denmark, as well as The Netherlands. Mycoplasma pneumonia is a bacteria that can cause mild infections by damaging the lining… Read more »
  • Lauren Dickason to be sentenced in 2024
    South African doctor and convicted triple murderer Lauren Dickason, found guilty in August of murdering her three children in their New Zealand home, has to wait until February next year for sentencing. Her sentencing date, which was set down for 19 December, has now been adjourned, according to the New… Read more »

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