Opinion: Amidst the pandemic, health facility quality ratings give a false sense of security.   

Opinion: Amidst the pandemic, health facility quality ratings give a false sense of security.  

Health facility assessments are crucial to ensure patients’ needs for care are met, but often these assessments become a box-ticking exercise the country can ill afford, writes René Sparks.

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What is behind Gauteng’s shocking serious adverse event numbers?

What is behind Gauteng’s shocking serious adverse event numbers?

Rates of Serious Adverse Events that result in unintended harm to patients are disturbingly high in Gauteng public hospitals. Thabo Molelekwa spoke to health activists and government to see what is at the root of these risks to patient safety and what is done to curb it.

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Opinion: Getting people out of the clinic can support HIV treatment adherence

Opinion: Getting people out of the clinic can support HIV treatment adherence

The growing crisis in many of South Africa’s clinics has reached a point where patient care is being compromised and there is a deepening worry that people living with HIV are being pushed out of treatment, argues Anele Yawa and Lotti Rutter. In this op-ed, they ask whether repeat prescription collection strategies are simpler and quicker than waiting in long clinic queues.

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Opinion: Six ways clinics can help turn the tide on TB infection

Opinion: Six ways clinics can help turn the tide on TB infection

Six simple interventions are at the heart of how clinics can be part of turning the tide on TB infection. By following a checklist of good practice, clinics can be safer for patients and staff. However, most clinics are failing to implement enough of these measures, putting people at risk of getting TB while waiting at the clinic, argues representatives from the community clinic monitoring group Ritshidze.

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Opinion: Treat us better if you want us to keep coming back

Opinion: Treat us better if you want us to keep coming back

People who miss appointments or stop taking their treatment often report being treated badly by healthcare workers when they return to health facilities. This fear of being reprimanded discourages people from going back to the clinic to seek support and receive their treatment, argues Bellinda Setshogelo and Sibongile Tshabalala.

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EMS and clinic woes continue for the people of Xhora Mouth in Eastern Cape

EMS and clinic woes continue for the people of Xhora Mouth in Eastern Cape

It is more than a year since Spotlight visited the Xhora Mouth area in the Eastern Cape to report on the locals’ challenges in accessing health care services. Now, a year later, not much has changed. Luvuyo Mehlwana reports.

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Opinion: What PPE graft means for NHI

Opinion: What PPE graft means for NHI

Even as the need for a more equitable health system is being demonstrated, news has broken of large-scale corruption in the procurement of PPE. This makes it difficult for a population worn down by corruption to envisage the transformation of the health system into a system of contracting and procurement under National Health Insurance, writes Sasha Stevenson.

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Being young and living with HIV in the time of COVID-19

Being young and living with HIV in the time of COVID-19

Stigma and discrimination makes accessing healthcare services hard for many young people living with HIV. Has it become even harder during the COVID-19 pandemic? Nomfundo Xolo spoke to young people and activists in KwaZulu-Natal.

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COVID-19: Healthcare worker unions explain their concerns

COVID-19: Healthcare worker unions explain their concerns

As South Africa’s COVID-19 numbers continues to rise, long-simmering healthcare worker complaints are boiling over. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to trade union representatives from Hospersa, Denosa, Nehawu and YNITU about salary disputes, staff shortages, healthcare workers safety, psychological strain, and access to personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19: Voices from PE townships on lockdown and level 3

COVID-19: Voices from PE townships on lockdown and level 3

South Africa moved to level three of its COVID-19 lockdown this week meaning, significantly relaxed lockdown regulations. In many townships in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, residents have mixed views on life under lockdown. Luvuyo Mehlwana visited some townships and spoke to residents.

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COVID-19: Interview with a Cape Town doctor on the frontlines

COVID-19: Interview with a Cape Town doctor on the frontlines

Since January Dr Arifa Parker has served at the coalface of South Africa’s fight against COVID-19. Biénne Huisman chatted to her about what life is like in the eye of the storm.

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Mamelodi Hospital: A promising new start after last year’s handcuffing scandal

Mamelodi Hospital: A promising new start after last year’s handcuffing scandal

Mamelodi Hospital in Pretoria made headlines in May last year when 76-year-old Martha Marais was found tied to a bench in the facility’s Accident and Emergency section. Spotlight visited the hospital to see what has changed.

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