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Questions raised over NHI public hearings

14 Nov 2019
DA MP Siviwe Gwarube, who serves on the portfolio committee for health, slammed the hearings in Mpumalanga as “deeply politicised”. 
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Google to store and analyse millions of health records

14 Nov 2019
Google is working with the second-largest hospital system (Ascension) in the US to store and analyse thedata of millions of patients in an effort to improve medical services, reported the New York Times (12 November 2019).
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Gauteng health department owes suppliers R1.7bn

14 Nov 2019

Gauteng’s health department owes 987 suppliers a combined R1.9-bn dating back to 2014, revealed MEC Bandile Masuku in a reply to questions by the DA MPL Jack Bloom. “The Gauteng health department is the worst of all the provincial departments and needs to take firm measures to be up to date with all payments,” said Bloom.


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Private hospital care for public servants is hypocritical

14 Nov 2019

Trade union Solidarity has criticised the recent decision by the government’s biggest medical scheme (GEMS) to guarantee private hospital care to all its members, saying it was an admission of the state’s failure to run an effective public healthcare system.


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2 600 Doctors in limbo

14 Nov 2019
Thousands of doctors face an uncertain 2020 after the Department of Health missed a deadline for releasing the list of compulsory service placements, reported The Citizen (9 November 2019).
The doctors, as well as the SA Medical Association (SAMA), have complained that this has been a recurring problem for the past three years.


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Bribery allegations against Motsoaledi and Magashule

14 Nov 2019
According to City Press (3 November 2019) a senior former Free State Health official claims that former Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule were bribed to facilitate the approval of a licence for CityMed Day Hospital in Bloemfontein. 
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Fight against malaria in Africa hots up

07 Nov 2019
Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria are using drones to spray rice fields in Zanzibar with a thin, non-toxic film. 
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Study shows link between exercise, productivity, mortality and economic growth

06 Nov 2019
Accoring to a study, published by Discovery, the world could be $100-bn richer (about R1.5-trillion) each year until 2050 if people exercised more. In SA, it found that if all physically inactive adults did at least two-an-a-half hours of moderate intensity exercise, the country can gain between $1.6-bn and $2.1-bn (R23bn-R30bn) more in GDP per year.
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DIY alternative to Pap smear test 'promising'

06 Nov 2019
A new DIY home urine or swab test could potentially help more women discover whether they are at risk of cervical cancer. 
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Drug makers withdraw heartburn medicine in SA

06 Nov 2019

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced that four pharmaceutical manufacturers, Cipla Medpro, GlaxoSmithKline, Sandoz and Pharma-Q, had removed their medicines which suppress stomach acid from SA shelves. Biotech Laboratories and Gulf Drug Company had placed batches of ranitidine under quarantine.


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