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Originally published on Written by: JOAN VAN DYK Meanwhile, a lone specialist in the North West caters for 3.7-million people as four provinces are forced to send patients to Gauteng. There is not a single radiation oncologist left in Limpopo or Mpumalanga, according to an annual survey conducted by the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation…

Content is originally written forBhekisisa After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must face criminal charges. The R135‑million in constitutional damages awarded to claimants in the Life Esidimeni tragedy this week — the largest award of its kind in South Africa’s history — could increase to 10 times that amount. Former…

Written by: JOAN VAN DYK for Bhekisisa Only two state cancer specialists remain in the province of more than 10-million people. Durban loses its last public sector oncologist today as shortages of specialists in the province continue. The doctor’s departure from Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital leaves KwaZulu-Natal with just two oncologists, both practising at Grey’s Hospital…

Article Written for Bhekisisa by JOAN VAN DYK Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs. A deadly national cancer drug shortage is approaching its third month and patients may have to go without until October – if they can make it. In…

This Article was originally written for Bhekisisa By:  KEILA GUIMARÃES     Stella Ngubenkomo was 11 when she was diagnosed with a lifelong heart condition called rheumatic heart disease. The condition can start as a simple strep throat infection but, without treatment, it can damage the heart and eventually may lead to heart failure, according…

        The Article and its contents belong Bhekisisa and the Mail and Gaurdian Article Written by: MIA MALAN   How to defy Zuma – and survive to tell the tale Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi knows the political consequences of firing him weigh heavier than the repercussions of keeping him on in his position;…

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