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Health Department paid R228m in negligence claims

The Gauteng Health Department has 78 court-ordered attachments of its bank account to pay for medical negligence, reports City Press.

Cannabis user loses bid to get job back

A long-serving employee who was fired after repeatedly testing positive for cannabis, in breach of the company’s rules, has failed in her bid to be reinstated, reports GroundUp.

Gaseous explosion may have killed 21 in tavern

A government pathology expert has said a gaseous explosion on the ground floor of the Enyobeni tavern which resulted in chemical asphyxiation, was probably the cause of the death of 21 young people in the early hours of Sunday morning, says a Mail & Guardian Online report.

Ruling has ‘serious implications’ for NHI

The Department of Health’s ambitions for controlling where doctors work have been dealt a huge blow by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), after it declared the National Health Act’s provisions for issuing health establishments with a ‘certificate of need’ unconstitutional and invalid.

Department shuts down parts of Beaufort hospital

A large section of Fort Beaufort Provincial Hospital has been shut down by the Eastern Cape Department of Labour which has deemed 13 wards to be a health hazard, reports GroundUp.

Prejudice warning as monkeypox hits SA

Health professionals have called on South Africans not to resort to bigotry around monkeypox after the first case of the disease was confirmed in a 30-year-old man in Johannesburg, reports News24.

Last Covid-19 restrictions scrapped

Health Minister Joe Phaahla last night published a notice in the Government Gazette recalling the last three Covid-19 significant regulations.

Minister proposes scrapping coronavirus restrictions

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has proposed scrapping the coronavirus regulations that require mask wearing indoors, limits the size of gatherings and stipulate testing and vaccination requirements for travellers to SA, reports BusinessLIVE.

Millions paid to Cuban doctors, engineers

The government has spent more than R308m to pay Cuban doctors and engineers. That's according to a News24 report quoting Public Service & Administration Minister Thulas Nxesi, who was responding to a question from DA MP Mimmy Gondwe.

ConCourt upholds law denying foetus burial

Parents who suffered spontaneous pregnancy loss before the foetus reached the 26-week pregnancy mark, will still not have the right to bury the remains of the foetus as it is regarded as medical waste in terms of the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

Father plans to take custody battle to SCA

A man whose lengthy legal battle to get custody of his six-year-old daughter hit another snag when it was dismissed in the Limpopo High Court (Polokwane) recently is set to lodge an appeal in the SCA.

Spousal visa rules unconstitutional

A judgment by Western Cape High Court Judge Mark Sher means that foreigners who are parents and caregivers of SA children will be allowed to remain in the country after their relationships with their SA spouses come to an end.

Attach pensions of maintenance defaulters

The SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC) has recommended that the Maintenance Act be amended to allow for attachment of a portion of pension benefits of child maintenance defaulters.

Fake medical facility offers jobs on bogus website

Management at Ilala Ridge Estate in La Lucia have warned desperate job seekers and the sick to be wary of a bogus website that advertises a non-existent medical facility, using its address.

Cape Town obtains interdict against homeless people

The City of Cape Town has obtained an interim interdict against homeless people living on a field near the Mitchells Plain Town Centre to stop them from expanding occupation of the site, notes a Cape Argus report. 

Clicks pharmacy battle heads to Constitutional Court

The legal battle between the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) and Clicks on pharmacy ownership and patient rights is heading to the Constitutional Court.

Gems’ R600m dodgy contract exposed

The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has irregularly issued a R600m multivitamins contract, in violation of the Public Finance Management Act and other regulations.

Former State Attorney lawyer to pay back R4.5m

A former State Attorney official, together with a family member and an associate, have been ordered by the Special Tribunal to pay back R4.5m they allegedly defrauded from the Gauteng Department of Health.

Judge orders therapy for child rape victim

An Eastern Cape High Court judge has given judicial protection to a 10-year-old victim of rape, and made a ‘therapy order’, possibly unprecedented, that the child must receive monthly counselling for two years.

Minister demands action over SANDF drug deal

Defence & Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has demanded that all soldiers involved in the illegal procurement of the Interferon drug from Cuba should be held accountable.

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