A week after workers at the Monapo Hospital in Phuthaditjhaba, in Qwa Qwa in the Free State began their strike, healthworkers at other hospitals are joining the action – in a crisis that is set to bring the healthcare sector in the province to its knees.
A lay counsellor working for the Department of Health at the Kanyamazane Clinic outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga appeared in court this week on allegations of stealing medication from the clinic.
Despite ongoing campaigns to encourage regular cervical cancer checks, women in rural Mpumalanga are hesitant to comply and many believe it is not worth going for their pap smears because they never receive their results.
The Limpopo Department of Health is fighting to shut down a growing number of illegal abortion clinics in the Vhembe area – some targeting students specifically with 50 percent discount offers.
Confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of health care. So when patients’ private records with sensitive information from a local clinic were found strewn across a local dumpster in Standerton, the town was in uproar.
Ex-employees of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) allege that former NHLS CEO Dr Saggie Pillay’s tenure at the body was marred by corruption – and that whistleblowers were dealt with swiftly.
Security guards escorted several audience members out of a civil society-organised commission into the Free State health system as fears mounted that tensions in the room could lead to violence.