The maddening state of Gauteng’s psychiatric facilities

A massive shortages of hospital beds for psychiatric patients in Gauteng is compromising patient care. Gauteng is short of about 2700 psychiatric beds which means that psychiatric patients have to be admitted to general wards where there is no security, thus posing a threat both to themselves and others. This was revealed recently by Gauteng […]
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Doctors Sound Alarm That SA Mental Healthcare Is Collapsing

While almost all the previous Life Esidimeni psychiatric patients have been transferred from the NGOs in Gauteng back into hospitals, a group of doctors have warned that the psychiatric structure in South Africa is collapsing. Reports reveal that in some mental health hospitals there are no psychiatrists, and none of the provinces have organised community-based […]
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Health MEC ‘putting band aid on gaping wound of oncology crisis’

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday renewed its call for Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to be fired, saying it appears he is “trying to put a band aid on a large gaping wound” in respect of the province’s oncology crisis. The DA had been advised by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that Dhlomo […]
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NHI white paper issues raised – National Health Insurance

The two fundamental issues with the new white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) are a single payer fund and the nationalisation of private healthcare without compensation. Single payer fund In terms of the single payer fund, the white paper believes that the NHI can use bulk purchasing power to drive down the price of […]
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Climbdown on medical aids

The Department of Health has done a U-turn on its plan to scrap medical aid schemes, saying they should work with the state when it rolls out National Health Insurance instead. Department director-general, Precious Matsoso, met leaders of the medical aid plan sector and asked that they work together to reform healthcare in South Africa. […]
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