Cut student doctors from hospital - Sama

2013-10-09 08:59

The SA Medical Association has called on the Health Professional Council of SA to withdraw student doctors from Tembisa hospital after they were forced to spend the night in the hospital’s casualty ward.

ANC: Circumcisions 'a cash cow'

2013-05-29 20:27

Individuals have turned the cultural practice of initiation schools into a cash cow, ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga says.

Speed up doctor payments, Sama urges

2013-02-06 18:45

The SA Medical Association has urged the Gauteng health department to speed up the processing of claims and pay doctors money owed for overtime.

Sama sending doctors to Limpopo hospital

2013-01-08 14:36

The SA Medical Association says it will deploy doctors to the George Masebe Hospital in Limpopo where four babies died of treatable diseases amid a staff shortage.

Nzimande: Not enough health skills

2012-10-23 22:38

Medical schools focused on reducing the country's health skills scarcity are not producing enough professionals, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says.

Govt to implement school health plan

2012-07-06 13:15

The health department will soon start delivering health services to schools, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says.

E Cape doctors not paid for 6 months

2012-05-29 15:38

Eastern Cape doctors are protesting because the provincial health department has failed to pay their salaries for almost six months, says the National Union of Metalworkers.

Pharmacists welcome benefits ruling

2011-11-08 19:00

The Pharmaceutical Society of SA has welcomed a court ruling that medical schemes must pay for prescribed minimum benefits in full.

Can doctors be used in warfare?

2011-09-29 14:11

An inquiry into the conduct of cardiologist Wouter Basson will shed light on whether governments can use doctors as instruments of warfare, says the SA Medical Association.

Doctors protest against poor security

2011-06-15 13:07

About 200 doctors have converged on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest against poor security at hospitals.

Youth jailed for doctor rape

2011-03-25 14:54

A 17-year-old youth has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for raping a Free State doctor while she was on duty at Pelonomi hospital last year.

Sama slams govt over unpaid doctors

2011-02-03 08:35

The SA Medical Association has urged Health Minister Aaron Motshoaledi to hire efficient managers, to avoid a repeat of the bungle which led to some Gauteng doctors not being paid.

Call for home HIV testing kits

2010-11-02 06:55

Three Aids experts say that home HIV testing kits should be made widely available in South Africa, despite fears about "unmonitored" tests.

Foreign doctors needed for NHI

2010-09-29 22:37

Foreign doctors will have to be recruited if the mooted National Health Insurance is to be successfully implemented, says Hospersa.

Sama supports Motsoaledi

2010-06-24 16:20

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi did not abuse his position by seeking an operation for his son and should be commended for using a public hospital, says the SA Medical Association.

Sama against striking over OSD

2010-03-02 22:17

Industrial action is unnecessary at this point in resolving Occupation Specific Dispensation related problems, the SA Medical Association says.

Sama to strike over OSD errors

2010-02-28 20:22

The South African Medical Association has said doctors will strike if their salary structures are not resolved.

Doctors to get OSD payments

2009-12-19 19:12

Doctors awaiting their OSD will be paid on Monday, the department of health says.

Pay suppliers, Gauteng told

2009-12-08 18:03

The SA Medical Association has called on the health minister and government to pay outstanding hospital suppliers in Gauteng where a lack of basic items has become the norm.

Get yourself tested - Sama

2009-11-30 08:42

The SA Medical Association has called on people to have HIV tests to mark World Aids Day.

Report bogus doctors: Sama

2009-11-02 18:09

The SA Medical Association has urged the public to verify that their doctor is registered prior to consultation.

Health unions sign OSD deal

2009-08-12 00:11

Health unions representing doctors in public sector have signed the Occupational Specific Dispensation agreement with government, SABC radio news reports.

Doctors to study govt pay offer

2009-06-24 14:19

The SA Medical Association says it will study the government's new pay offer, but cannot say whether doctors will continue striking.

Docs still striking in Durban

2009-06-23 10:49

Over 100 public sector doctors are still striking in Durban, while doctors have called off strike action in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

Hundreds of doctors striking

2009-06-22 12:00

Hundreds of angry public sector doctors are demanding better wages at a picket outside Durban's King Edward VIII hospital.


Public must contribute to safety - MEC

2013-08-21 20:14

The public has a role to play in ensuring public healthcare facilities are safe, Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha says.

Doctors welcome Karabus ruling

2013-03-22 13:13

Doctors have welcomed a ruling that Professor Cyril Karabus is not to blame for the death of a 3-year-old cancer patient in his care.

PSA condemns hospital deaths

2013-01-08 20:26

The Public Servants Association has condemned the deaths of four babies at George Masebe Hospital in Mokopane, Limpopo.

Mandela lung infection common - doctor

2012-12-11 14:29

Respiratory infections are common among elderly people, a medical expert says, after it was announced that Nelson Mandela, 94, was being treated for a recurring lung infection.

More doctors sued for malpractice

2012-07-22 14:39

The number of legal claims against doctors has reached record levels, it has been reported.

Whistleblowing doctors in trouble

2012-07-02 22:36

Eastern Cape health authorities have acted against three doctors who allegedly spoke about the poor state of hospital infrastructure in the province without permission.

Killing of Pretoria doctor bemoaned

2012-01-30 19:20

The killing of a Pretoria-based dermatologist at the weekend has been widely bemoaned with the SA Medical Association saying that the country was in desperate need of specialist doctors.

Negotiate healthcare tariffs: Sama

2011-11-08 13:15

Medical schemes should be able to negotiate tariffs with hospitals, clinics and doctors, says the SA Medical Association.

NHI won't cover cosmetic surgery

2011-08-12 07:37

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the National Health Insurance system won't cover procedures unnecessary to a patient's health, such as certain dental work and cosmetic surgery.

Electric security for E Cape health facilities

2011-06-13 18:10

The Eastern Cape health department is looking at replacing security guards at health facilities in the province with electric security systems.

Medics welcome Zuma's speech

2011-02-11 16:01

The medical community has welcomed most aspects of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address to Parliament.

Doctors fear for their lives - Sama

2010-11-03 15:42

Health practitioners have urged Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to tackle the critical issue of safety and security in hospitals following the assault and gang rape of a doctor at a Bloemfontein hospital.

3 in court for Free State doctor rape

2010-11-01 21:07

A 16-year-old boy and two men have appeared in court in Bloemfontein following the rape of a doctor at the Pelonomi regional hospital in Bloemfontein.

NHI debate needs time: Sama

2010-09-29 13:02

The SA Medical Association, which has expressed its commitment to the principle of universal access to health care, says a debate on the NHI should not be conducted in haste.

Sama praises Sefularo

2010-04-06 13:37

The SA Medical Association says the late Deputy Health Minister Molefi Sefularo was a humble, well respected person who made a huge difference to South Africa's healthcare.

Doctors urged not to strike

2010-03-01 19:14

The health department has asked doctors to stop threatening strike action and to work with them in implementing the Occupation Specific Dispensation.

Sama shocked at doctor killing

2010-01-25 19:17

The SA Medical Association is shocked at the murder of a Johannesburg doctor saying criminals continue to act with impunity.

No OSD Xmas pay for some doctors

2009-12-19 07:45

There are doctors who have not been paid the once off OSD gratuity payment months after they were supposed to have received it, the SA Medical Association says.

Cigarette advertising opposed

2009-12-03 13:54

The SA Medical Association is "totally" opposed to cigarettes advertised in whatever shape or form, given their contribution to the burden of diseases.

'Grave concern' over Aids deaths

2009-11-11 14:18

The SA Medical Association says it is "gravely concerned" about HIV/Aids statistics which show a huge Aids-related leap in South Africa's death rate.

Unions speak out on Semenya

2009-09-14 16:06

Two doctors' and nurses' unions have spoken out against the leaking of private medical information relating to athlete Caster Semenya.

Sama to report back

2009-07-01 08:26

The SA Medical Association will start reporting back to its members after the government tabled a revised wage offer to medical workers, including doctors who have been on an illegal strike in the past weeks.

Major pay hikes for doctors

2009-06-24 12:37

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced major wage increases for medical professionals - some up to 53% - in a bid to stall further strike action.

Join our protest, doctors urge

2009-06-22 13:27

Public sector doctors have pleaded for the public to join their "indefinite" protest action, saying it is also about the public health sector.

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