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Corruption at HPCSA a symptom of government’s incompetence – Solidarity

18 Apr 2019
In a press release (12 April) the Solidarity Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners strongly condemned the alleged corruption in the HPCSA.
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UCT study highlights TB danger

18 Apr 2019
A common injectable contraceptive has now been found to increase women’s chances of contracting Tuberculosis (TB). This is according to a study conducted by Prof Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at UCT’s Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity.
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Mediclinic rises on trading update

18 Apr 2019
According to Ronnie van der Merwe, group chief executive of the private hospital group Mediclinic, the group would prioritise adapting the business to the changing global healthcare environment - Business Day (18 April).
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Road Accident Fund to be scrapped TimesLIVE, 18 April 2019

18 Apr 2019
The National Department of Transport has announced that it is in the process of scrapping the embattled Road Accident Fund (RAF) for a new scheme. Spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said the government intended to replace the current fault-based system, administered by the RAF, with the Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS).
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Pharma unit sales lift J&J in spite of fierce competition

18 Apr 2019
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) beat quarterly profit estimates on higher sales at its pharmaceuticals unit even as it faces fierce competition for some of its biggest drugs, reported Reuters on April 16.
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Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications? Mail & Guardian, 5 April 2019

18 Apr 2019
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the President’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes in exchange for medical registrations and board exam passes.
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Pharmaceutical manufacturers resist calls for transparency citing R&D costs

18 Apr 2019
Business Day reported on April 17 that the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) said health activists’ recent call for greater transparency on medicine prices could backfire, and drive up drug costs in low and middle-income countries.
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Cipla invests in health tech firm

18 Apr 2019
SA Pharmaceutical manufacturer Cipla Medpro, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian generic giant Cipla, acquired a 30% stake in local digital health company Brandmed for R65-m.
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Measles cases up four-fold in first quarter compared with 2018:

18 Apr 2019
According to the latest WHO data the number of measles cases worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 to 112 163 against the same period last year.
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Corruption at HPCSA a symptom of government’s incompetence – Solidarity

16 Apr 2019

The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners strongly condemned the alleged corruption in the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA). This corruption could lead to unqualified doctors and nurses unlawfully getting accreditation, according to a press release on 12 April by Solidarity


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Medical first for Africa Cape Times, 15 April 2019

16 Apr 2019

In April Prof Ermos Nicolaou, and his team at Morningside, Mediclinic in Johannesburg successfully performed spinal surgery on a 25-week-old foetus with spina bifida, an abnormality in the development of the spine. 


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Minister calls for comment on proposals to change medicine price calculations Business Day, 11 April 2019

15 Apr 2019

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has called for comment on possible changes to the way his advisory committee on medicines determines price increases for the private sector.


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SA scrambles to stop US cut in HIV funding

15 Apr 2019

Top Health Department officials are set to travel to Washington later in April to try to persuade the US not to slash its support for SA’s HIV/AIDS programmes.


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Storm rages over cancer drugs that cost an arm and a leg

15 Apr 2019

South Africans pay R870 000 a year for a medicine called Lenalidomide to treat blood cancer, while that same drug’s generic version costs R28 000 in India, said activists at the three-day Fair Pricing Forum, in Johannesburg.


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Urban-rural inequalities will hamper a successful NHI Health-e News Service, 11 April 2019

15 Apr 2019

Rural areas bear the brunt of healthcare worker shortages and this inequality needs to be solved, before any form of National Health Insurance (NHI) is possible. According to a report Protecting Rural Healthcare in Times of Economic Crisis launched by the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) only 12% of doctors and less than 20% of nurses in the public sector work in rural areas, despite the fact that people living in these areas make up almost half of the country’s population.


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