Differing views on Gauteng’s new health information system

Differing views on Gauteng’s new health information system

In January, the computer system at the George Mukhari Hospital broke down with serious implications for patient care. In an effort to improve service delivery and the quality of healthcare services, the Gauteng Department of Health in 2020, announced that it would be upgrading its information technology system. Thabo Molelekwa looked at the progress of the new system in light of the ongoing challenges at the George Mukhari Hospital.

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Open Letter: Dr Mokgethi, you must act to address Gauteng’s oncology challenges

Open Letter: Dr Mokgethi, you must act to address Gauteng’s oncology challenges

For many cancer activists, cancer patients, and their families the radiation oncology challenges in Gauteng have reached a crisis point. Many believe this oncology crisis is allowed to escalate in the absence of tangible proactive action by the Gauteng government. In this case, no news is not good news, writes Warren Potter as he asks Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi for answers.

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Opinion: Gauteng health in flames – making it through the fires and fumbles of SA’s richest province

Opinion: Gauteng health in flames – making it through the fires and fumbles of SA’s richest province

Gauteng is a province of immense potential and tragic recent history. It is a province that has allowed politics to overwhelm the interests of patients, argues Sasha Stevenson in a talk delivered as part of a lecture series hosted by the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at Wits University.

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Gauteng Health: Has a damning Public Protector report had any impact?

Gauteng Health: Has a damning Public Protector report had any impact?

After visiting several hospitals in Gauteng in 2020, the Public Protector found that the Gauteng health department has failed to ensure appropriate conditions for the enjoyment and delivery of healthcare services for Gauteng residents. Ahead of the Gauteng health budget vote speech this week, Thabo Molelekwa looked at what has changed after the Public Protector’s recommendations and asked health experts what it will take to improve public healthcare services in the province.

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A year after the fire, little progress at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

A year after the fire, little progress at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

One year after the fire at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg there’s damning evidence of missteps and delays in maintaining health and safety standards, sabotage and incompetence in managing the rebuild, and dire knock-on effects for the province’s healthcare system. Ufrieda Ho reports

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Promising early signs from mobile X-ray TB screening pilots

Promising early signs from mobile X-ray TB screening pilots

One of the key recommendations from the National TB Prevalence Survey released last year was to increase “access to TB screening and testing services through outreach programmes using mobile testing and X-ray facilities”. Tiyese Jeranji takes stock of the number of mobile X-ray vans and containers across the country and plans to scale up their use.

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Ten months later government hits reset button on Charlotte Maxeke Hospital repairs

Ten months later government hits reset button on Charlotte Maxeke Hospital repairs

After almost a year, the Gauteng Health Department yesterday announced a strategic reset for repairs at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital after a fire ravaged parts of the hospital in April last year. The announcement comes ahead of Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address on Monday but still does not provide immediate relief to patients and hospitals buckling as a result of delays. Ufrieda Ho reports.

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LIFE ESIDIMENI INQUEST: Part 2- Recap on its progress and what to expect

LIFE ESIDIMENI INQUEST: Part 2- Recap on its progress and what to expect

The Life Esidimeni Inquest stands as a crucial accountability process for a national tragedy that ought never to have happened and should never happen again, writes Julia Chaskalson and Mbali Baduza as they summarise and assess progress at the inquest since October – having previously written about the first months of the inquest from July to October last year.

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Modest improvement at dysfunctional Gauteng clinics, report finds

Modest improvement at dysfunctional Gauteng clinics, report finds

Although a new community healthcare monitoring report notes some improvement in filling vacancies at Gauteng clinics, concerns remain over staff shortages and the impact this has on providing quality care, especially to people living with HIV. Thabo Molelekwa reports.

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In-depth: Millions spent on security at Gauteng health facilities but concerns remain

In-depth: Millions spent on security at Gauteng health facilities but concerns remain

The Gauteng Department of Health annually spends millions on security at its health facilities based on contracts that expired in 2016 and that since have been extended from month to month. Yet, theft, vandalism, and reports of healthcare workers who work in fear at some health facilities continue. Despite this, the department insists that spending on security is not wasteful and “the business case for security remains robust”. Thabo Molelekwa and Alicestine October reports.

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Life Esidimeni Inquest: Journal of a grieving sister

Life Esidimeni Inquest: Journal of a grieving sister

The Life Esidimeni Inquest that started in July has been postponed until 15 November. This is the fifth postponement, meaning another agonising wait for family members of the deceased. The Inquest is crucial to determine who should be held criminally liable for the deaths of 144 mental healthcare users in 2016. Here one family member, Christine Nxumalo, shares in her own words some extracts from her journal on the Inquest proceedings, the long wait, and dealing with grief.

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Health and Unrest: Counting the cost and getting people their medicines

Health and Unrest: Counting the cost and getting people their medicines

As the country is still calculating the tally of the vaccine stock and medicines stolen in last week’s unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, there is still a lot of uncertainty about plans to restore medicine security.

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