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  • Top job for disgraced former hospital CEO
    Former Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital CEO Dr Nozuko Mkabayi, slammed by former Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba for her appalling performance during her reign, has landed a top job in the Gauteng Health Department. Mkabayi has been appointed acting director responsible for HIV and Aids/STI/TB (HAST) – earning the… Read more »
  • Probe into Bara’s AWOL high-flying plastic surgeon
    Gauteng Health has launched an investigation into plastic surgeon Dr Brian Monaisa, who has been accused by his peers of skipping work for months on end at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital while running a private practice and globetrotting. A complaint has also been laid with the Public Protector, who has… Read more »
  • No link between suicide and weight loss drugs – EMA
    Evidence does not support a causal association between the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1) – dulaglutide, exenatide, liraglutide, lixisenatide and semaglutide – and suicidal and self-injurious thoughts and actions, the European Medicines Agency reports. This was the conclusion following a meeting last week of the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC).… Read more »
  • Non-payment closes theatres in Gauteng hospital
    A frustrated supplier, fed-up with delayed payment from Leratong Hospital in Mogale City, Johannesburg, for replacement of an air conditioning system, has “soft-locked” a code in the unit so that eight theatres have had to be shut down, being too hot in which to operate. Since then, more than 500… Read more »
  • Failing SA mortuaries ‘smell like 10 dead cows'
    Inadequate infrastructure and maintenance at government mortuaries, many of which have failed to meet inspection standards, highlight the grim conditions under which staff conduct autopsies and South Africans have to identify bodies. In reply to questions by the DA in Parliament, Health Minister Joe Phaahla admitted that only 62 of… Read more »
  • Millions spent paying Cuban doctors ‘justified’ – medical association
    The R14m spent on salaries for 11 Cuban doctors in Gauteng is not unreasonable, according to Kgosietsile Letlape, president of the Africa Medical Association, and former chair of the South African Medical Association, who said an objection to the expenditure was unjustified. “We know there have been Cubans who are… Read more »
  • KZN Health MEC sued for defamation
    A defamation suit has been launched by Zululand mayor and traditional Zulu Prime Minister Thulasizwe Buthelezi against KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Nomagugu Simelane, who allegedly accused him of soliciting sexual favours from married women. Simelande was previously served with a letter demanding a retraction of the comments she had made… Read more »
  • RAF’s non-payment to health facility risks lives – DA
    The Road Accident Fund’s failure to make payment to Hospicare is exacerbating the trauma of traffic accidents victims, because the entity now faces eviction for unpaid bills of R21m, according to lawyers representing the building’s owner President Cyril Ramaphosa. In a statement in Politics Web, the DA’s shadow minister of… Read more »
  • Under-fire EMS staff plead for support, safer conditions
    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers in Nelson Mandela Bay protested outside the city hall last week, calling for safer working conditions after numerous robberies and attacks, and pleading for community support when performing their duties. “I kneel down and pray to God each time I leave home for work, asking… Read more »
  • WHO warning on deadly viral hepatitis
    At least 3 500 lives are lost daily due to viral hepatitis infections, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, with diagnosis as well as funding for drugs in some regions still being a struggle, hampering treatment. The disease is the second leading infectious cause of death… Read more »

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