[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Poor planning, incompetent budgeting and dysfunctional administration are killing patients, prolonging suffering and driving some specialists, who could otherwise deliver world-class medicine, to the point of resignation at Johannesburg’s two top hospitals.
Doctor ignorance of legal strike requirements coupled with an infuriating and way overdue salary hike had a lethal outcome in April–two pregnant mothers and one of their infants died in strike-hit public hospitals. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A lack of standardised disaster management protocols, poor intercommunication between health care authorities and emergency rescue services and shaky environmental health and port health controls threaten Gauteng’s risk preparedness for the 2010 World Cup.
He’s riding a wave of professional goodwill, positive feedback and public desire to see him tame the monster of a public health system he’s inherited, but have Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s first 120 days as Health Minister justified the hope he’s carrying? The answer, with some strong caveats around the incoming National Health Insurance (NHI) system, […]
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Public sector doctor relations with their employer, soured by clumsy, inconsistent provincial implementation of long-awaited occupation-specific dispensation (OSD) pay hikes and further delayed mid-level category doctors pay talks, are on a knife edge.
In spite of an enlightened constitution and enabling legislation, South Africa’s small transgender population continues to battle medical prejudice and ignorance in addition to huge societal pressure to conform to socially constructed sexual stereotypes. An Izindaba investigation showed that transgender people need precise information and deep pockets to access hormone treatment and/or gender-reassignment surgery, be […]
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If ever there was a critical time in which doctors needed to bury their present and past differences and speak as a collective it is in the remaining few weeks before the consultation deadline on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Green Paper.