Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo is on record calling for people to get screened for early detection of cancers.
And late last month, the national and provincial health departments launched a cancer campaign to educate people that many cancers were preventable or could be “successfully” treated through early detection and timeous treatment.
However, more concerns about the KwaZulu-Natal oncology crisis have been raised by advocacy groups after revelations that the waiting period for a mammogram screening is currently more than six months.
At least four women have told the Daily News that they will undergo screening between May 9 and 16 next year. Three said they had gone to uMlazi’s Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital “some months ago” concerned about lumps in their breasts, and to their shock were told to return in May next year for mammograms.
The fourth woman had since been told at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital that she had cancer.
The ANC has no cure for the sickly state of health care in the Free State. Year after year the Auditor General (AG) diagnoses the Free State Department of Health with a serious case of poor leadership, mismanagement and maladministration. Year after year, the people of the Free State see no improvement in health care.
The AG’s audit outcome for the Department for the period of 2017 to 2018 indicates:
Irregular expenditure of R820 million (R596 million in 2016-2017).
Fruitless expenditure of R3,1 million (R900 000 in 2016-2017).
Unauthorised expenditure of R141 million (R68 million in 2016-2017).
An example of the poor management is the Department’s appointment of a local service provider that was outsourced to address health care challenges. The service provider was supposed to use the Department’s mobile clinics to focus on efficiency, coverage, specialisation and value for money.
The service provider was paid R24 million (R945 per patient) to do t Continue reading…
A mentally disturbed patient was found with burns after being locked alone in a ward in the Wentworth Hospital in Durban, said the IVP.
Ncamisile Nkwanyana, the IVP’s health spokeswoman in KwaZulu-Natal, said urgent action should be taken against medical staff who neglect mental-disturbed patients in health care institutions.
“The neglect of such patients is a serious concern. Misconduct, incompetence and negligence do not belong in our healthcare system and there must be drastic action against anyone convicted of it. ”
Nkwanyana believes the nurses concerned should be suspended and their actions are being investigated, and if found guilty, they must be fired because “a lack of empathy may not be tolerated in our healthcare system”.
She says the IFP is concerned about the absence of professionalism in health care institutions and observes a collapse of the professional healthcare sector, especially in public institutions.
Deputy President David Mabuza has announced that government will prioritise the upgrading and maintenance of health infrastructure in an effort to deal with the challenge of ageing and dilapidated infrastructure in public health facilities.
Mabuza made the remark while highlighting the outcomes of the two-day Presidential Health Summit held in Boksburg.
During the summit, Mabuza said, it was agreed that in the context of fiscal constraints, provinces will be expected to prioritise their financial resource allocations in a manner that ensures that the delivery of health care is not compromised.
“More importantly, this summit pointed out that we need to develop a sustainable financing model for our health system. We will commence with this task immediately.
“National Treasury will be seized with this task to ensure that this model is finalised within a short space of time.
“As we lay a solid foundation for the implementation of the NHI, government wi Continue reading…
A group of residents in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, shut down their local clinic on Wednesday fearing for the safety of staff and patients after ongoing gang activity in the area.
Community members say Helenvale Clinic has been repeatedly targeted by criminals, who recently stole the air-conditioner.
As a result, the Helenvale Clinic committee decided to temporarily close the clinic and move equipment to Malabar Clinic, about three kilometres away.
“We had to take this decision after recent events that involved ongoing serious crime and shootings around the clinic,” said a member of the Helenvale Clinic committee, who asked not to be named for fear of being targeted. She said staff morale is low and that the six nurses who work at the clinic are overburdened and fearful.
“We were given permission by the Eastern Cape Health Department to use the premises at Malabar Clinic as a temporary measure,” she said.
Die staatshospitaal in Koster, Noordwes, is vervalle, onhigiënies en net ses lyke kan in die lykshuis geberg word.
Dit is volgens Cobus Snyman, DA-raadslid in die Kgetlengrivier-munisipaliteit wat die gebied bedien, die toestande wat die party op ’n onlangse besoek aan die hospitaal aangetref het.
Tebogo Lekgethwane, woordvoerder van Noordwes se gesondheidsdepartement, erken die lykshuis se bergplek is heeltemal onvoldoende. Hy sê die aantal onopgeëiste lyke neem toe en dit is ’n tydrowende proses om te hanteer. Nog ’n eenheid word by die forensiese lykshuis gevestig, waar onopgeëiste lyke na verwagting van November gehou sal kan word.
Snyman sê met die DA se besoek aan die hospitaal het die dak in sommige sale gelek en die plafon het plek-plek ingeval.
“Mense stap in en uit die hospitaal sonder dat hulle deursoek word vir wapens en daar is geen veiligheidstelsel in die kraam- en kindersale nie.”
Die 2 200 nuwe aanstellings van mediese personeel wat belowe is deur pres. Cyril Ramaphosa is welkom, maar ’n druppel aan die emmer in die lig van die omvang van die probleme in die departement van gesondheid.
Volgens die verpleegvakbond Denosa is daar net wat verpleërs betref ’n tekort aan 45 000 poste in die land.
“Dit (die aankondiging) is welkome verligting, maar dit gaan definitief nie effektief wees in ag genome die getal vakatures nie,” sê Sibongiseni Delihlazo, Denosa-woordvoerder.
“Navorsing toon dat daar ’n tekort van 45 000 verpleërs oor die land heen is, so jy kan jouself net indink watter impak dit maar sal hê as dié getal poste oor die land versprei word.”
Ramaphosa het in die aankondiging van sy stimuluspakket vir Suid-Afrika se ekonomie gesê dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, sal onmiddellik 2 200 mediese poste – veral van verpleegkundiges – vul.
The Eastern Cape department of health has published its R120-million tender to outsource chronic mental healthcare in the province – and has put emphasis on the reintegration of mental health patients in their communities.
Apart from chronic care‚ service providers have also been asked to tender for community-based initiatives to achieve this.
Seven-hundred adult and 180 paediatric mental health patients are now being cared for in Life Esidimeni centres in Kirkwood and Bethelsdorp.
The tender documents show that the department is also seeking to distribute beds for chronic mental health patients across the province if possible.
Long-term patients are currently housed at the 700-bed Life Esidimeni Kirkwood facility and the 180 children at Life Esidimeni’s Algoa Frail Care Centre in Bethelsdorp.
Provincial health spokesperson Lwandile Sicwetsha declined to elaborate on any of the information in the tender documents‚ saying this would compromise the Continue reading…
Many private hospitals will be opening their doors to more patients but does that mean you’ll be stuck at the back of the queue?
The United Kingdom’s universal healthcare system, known as the National Health Service (NHS), had a problem: By the early 2000s, a growing number of elderly patients were waiting up to three years for sight-saving cataract services in the early 2000s.
But the government-funded healthcare scheme didn’t have enough beds. It did, however, have plenty of parking.
“All we needed was a parking lot and a connection to three-phase electricity,” remembers South Africa’s Netcare CEO Richard Friedland.
Netcare entered the UK market fifteen years ago. It operates more than 50 private hospitals in the country, but 43% of its patients come from the NHS through the service’s electronic “choose and book” appointment system: Patients elect where to go for care, and the NHS pays private providers like Netcare a nationally-set rate Continue reading…
Kundiges in die gesondheidsbedryf het op die jaarlikse konferensie van die Hospitaalvereniging van Suid-Afrika (Hasa) in Kaapstad hewig van mekaar verskil oor wat die redes vir ‘n skerp toename in die koste van mediese skemas is.
Matthew Prior, hoof van gesondheidsbeleid van Life Healtcare, sê ’n toename in benutting van gesondheidsdienste word die afgelope jare as die hoofoorsaak beskou vir hoë mediese inflasie. Hy sê die premieverhogings wat mediese skemas van hul lede eis, is die werklike maatstaf van mediese inflasie vir verbruikers.
Prior het die debat gelei oor die redes vir die toename in die benutting.
Navorsing deur Medscheme, die administrateur van mediese skemas, toon daar is ’n verband tussen ’n toename in hospitaalbeddens en die skerp styging in hospitalisasie wat verlede jaar ervaar is, sê dr. Jenni Noble, hoofbestuurder van Medscheme.
Die mededingingsowerhede se paneel wat die markondersoek na die gesondheidsbedryf doen, het in 2016 Continue reading…