Free State

Ambulance bases of shame

Ambulance bases of shame

An ambulance base has to comply with a certain set of minimum requirements contained in among others the National Health Act. At the end of
Health4Sale Part 6: Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in

Health4Sale Part 6: Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in

Buthelezi EMS netted more than R15-million from two suspect back-dated price increases from the Free State Department of Health, apparently
Health4Sale part 5: Controversial private ambulance company in line for new Free State tender

Health4Sale part 5: Controversial private ambulance company in line for new Free State tender

A Gauteng-based ambulance operator, Buthelezi EMS, that is currently the subject of both Hawks and Treasury investigations has scored road
Health4Sale Part 4: Buthelezi EMS running a taxi service, not an ambulance service – Doctors and nurses

Health4Sale Part 4: Buthelezi EMS running a taxi service, not an ambulance service – Doctors and nurses

Doctors and nurses in the Free State and North West have accused Buthelezi EMS, the private company contracted to run provincial ambulance
Health4Sale Response: Motsoaledi asks treasury to investigate Buthelezi EMS

Health4Sale Response: Motsoaledi asks treasury to investigate Buthelezi EMS

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has asked treasury to investigate the procurement of ambulance services from Buthelezi EMS, a
Deepening crisis at Pelonomi hospital

Deepening crisis at Pelonomi hospital

While healthcare workers in the Free State report theatre temperatures of 30 degrees Celcius, a halt to cancer biopsies, and an ongoing
Heading For The Rocks?

Heading For The Rocks?

One year into his tenure as MEC for Health in the Free State, Butana Khompela is still to exorcise the ghosts that have made the province
Hospital horrors

Hospital horrors

The hospital is full. Two young girls lie on trolleys in the main hallway. They are wrapped in pink blankets; drips come out of their arms
Orthopaedic nightmare in the Free State

Orthopaedic nightmare in the Free State

Whistleblowers say patients with broken legs, arms and other serious orthopaedic conditions are being sent home in the Free State because
Opinion: Return of the quacks

Opinion: Return of the quacks

For a long time, South Africa has been a country where charlatans are able to flourish and peddle dangerous remedies for all kinds of
TAC survey highlights poor infection control in clinics

TAC survey highlights poor infection control in clinics

By Marcus Low Tuberculosis (TB) infection control measures in some South African public sector clinics fall woefully short. This is
Communities in crisis

Communities in crisis

By Treatment Action Campaign The Treatment Action Campaign has shared the following stories with Spotlight from their provincial operations
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