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SOLIDARITY GUILD FOR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS The Solidarity Guild for Health Care Practitioners is a professional community of people who stand together and work together. It is a community which focuses on health care professions where you can feel at home and where health practitioner work together and learn together, but all within everyone’s specific profession. The aim of the Guild is to protect health care professions, to afford young people the opportunity to build a career in health care and to be the watchdog who tackles important issues in the industry with workable solutions.

Members of the Guild can collectively get involved in the retention, building and sustainability of their respective professions. Common values offer every Guild member something to believe in, as well as a platform to give back and share knowledge through network opportunities, job creation, and mentorship programmes.

The Guild for Health Care Practitioners specifically aims to “create a safe environment where health care practitioners can deliver sustainable health care in terms of a fair funding system”.
BENEFITS Guild members are proud people with a strong sense for ethics and safety. They are people who wish to develop themselves and are not afraid to learn. The Solidarity Guild for Health Care Practitioners acknowledges that health care practitioners are passionate about their professions and regard the job as a calling in spite of the fact that it can be a very thankless job and where structures and systems could easily extinguish the passion.

As a guild member, you are part of Solidarity and therefore you qualify for all the trade union benefits we offer.



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Additional benefits within the guild:
Access to the Solidarity network of work for Health Practitioners.
Access to Solidarity Financial Services, our partner in all financial enquiries and services.
Industry-specific news.
Opportunities to become a mentor: For more information, click here.
Discount at S-Leer, a registered training institution for CPD points, and personal development programmes.
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National Health Insurance (NHI)

We want to keep you informed about the progress and implementation of the NHI. Become part of Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners today.

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Crisis Summit

Crisis Summit

Health care affects each one of us and we cannot take a backseat to see what the outcome would be of the National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill). This bill has recently been gazetted and, as it currently reads, it could have far-reaching consequences for every person in the country.

The Solidarity Guild for Health Practitioners is hosting a crisis summit to discuss the implications of the proposed NHI Bill. The summit will address the impact the bill will have on specialists, general practitioners and the economy, and it will also deal with the implications associated with the bill. The purpose of the summit is to compile a combined input document which will serve as official comment on the bill and which is to be submitted in September.

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ARTICLES
Solidarity launches historic campaign against the NHI

Solidarity today announced that it is launching the largest campaign in its history to stop the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI).   According to Morné Malan, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), this threat requires the cooperation of all South Africans. “The NHI is not a bad plan because it will benefit some at the expense of others. On the contrary, South Africa as a whole will be worse off should the NHI go ahead in its present format. Health practitioners will also be deprived of almost any right of freedom to practice their profession according to their
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Dire public health care sheds light on NHI

Solidarity’s Guild for Health Care Practitioners today expressed their deepest concern regarding the worrisome non-compliance of all Gauteng state healthcare facilities to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).   “The utter disregard for occupational safety at Gauteng state hospitals and clinics further serves as proof that the government is not equipped to execute a national health care plan, if they cannot at least ensure the safety of staff and patients in one province,” said Hennie Biermann, Head of Solidarity’s Occupational Guilds.   Bierman expressed particular concern for the members of the Health Care Practitioners’ Guild who have to earn
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Solidarity: All avenues are considered to fight NHI

Solidarity announced today that it is considering all avenues to fight the damaging effects the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will have.   Morné Malan, Senior Researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) explained: “The NHI in its current format is heading for an unquestionable disaster. All medical practitioners, taxpayers and South African citizens will be affected negatively by this. Therefore, we undertake to use all resources at our disposal to combat the impact of it.”   Solidarity will provide input at any public participation process to address the bill’s shortcomings but will also prepare accordingly if the
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Cannabis and health care in South Africa

By Reon Janse van Rensburg In 2018, the Constitutional Court in South Africa ruled that the use of cannabis is legal for both personal and medical use. However, it is still unlawful to use it outside of your private home as well as buying and selling it. There is one exception which is mentioned later. Before the ban was lifted in 2018, advocates applied pressure to the government to amend the acts to allow for exemption for medical use, religious practices, and other purposes. The ban existed from 1922. The Afrikaans word “dagga” comes from the Khoi-Khoi word dacha which
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When you suffer from burnout!

By Bianca Smit “Burnout is a sign that something needs to change.” – Sarah Forgrave The abovementioned statement makes it sound so easy: If things do not work, change them. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. Health practitioners, nurses and social workers make the conscious decision every day to sacrifice their own wellbeing so that they can take care of other people’s wellbeing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced in a press release that burnout is now regarded as a medical condition. This follows shortly after the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) reported in April
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Evidence suggests, NHI dream will be a disaster

Solidarity today expressed its concern about the precarious state of health care in the public sector and argued that the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), as confirmed by newly appointed Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, will only bring large-scale and far-reaching disaster for South Africans.   Morné Malan, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), explained: “Last year, we heard about the Life Esidimeni scandal, the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital crisis, reports from the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) indicating that only 1% of state hospitals comply with basic requirements, and we heard about crises in the
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Solidariteit verwelkom nasionale tesourie as bondgenoot in die stryd teen die radikale implementering van die NGV

16 November 2018 Solidariteit verwelkom die hewige en omvattende kritiek wat die waarnemende direkteur-generaal van die tesourie, Ismail Momoniat, oor die omstrede wetsontwerp op Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering uitgespreek het. Die kritiek het aan die lig gekom nadat 'n skrywe aan die departement van gesondheid uitgelek het. Morné Malan, 'n senior navorser verbonde aan die Solidariteit Navorsingsinstituut (SNI), verduidelik: “Die weergawe van die wetsontwerp wat in Junie vanjaar vir kommentaar vrygestel is, is reeds uit talle oorde gekritiseer. Dit is bemoedigend dat die tesourie nou ook in die kryt klim om die koue water van die realiteit op hierdie ideologiese vlamme te
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The Sick ANC

The proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance Bill tabled by the ANC bring up four issues that will play a very important role in the health of the South African population:   The Minister of Health will take charge of regulating and controlling all aspects of healthcare in South Africa.   The control of the entire healthcare system will be nationalised to the State.   The decision-making pertaining to healthcare will no longer be with the healthcare practitioner and the patient.   The effective employment of healthcare professionals by the State will be brought about by
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FAMILY MEDICINE AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

The World Health Organisation and World Bank have developed a UHC Monitoring Framework that focuses on the 2 (two) core components of UHC: Coverage of the population with quality, essential health services. Coverage of the population with financial protection. They have also developed certain sets of indicators to the abovementioned 2 (two) core components: Essential services: The set of indicators for service coverage is grouped into four main categories: Reproductive, maternal, newborn & child health Infectious diseases Non-communicable diseases Service capacity, access & health security Financial protection: Regarding financial protection, there are 2 (two) indicators: Disproportionate spending on health (certain
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UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

Universal Health Care includes: Financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services, safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all   NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE What national health insurance is: National health insurance (sometimes called statutory health insurance), is health insurance that insures a national population for the costs of health care and usually is instituted as a program of healthcare reform. It is enforced by law. It may be administered by the public sector, the private sector, or a combination of both. Funding mechanisms vary with the program and country.   What national health insurance
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Our amazing accomplishments and our wonderful future: an economic story

Dawie Roodt took to the podium at yesterday’s crisis summit on the National Health Insurance (NHI), hosted by Solidarity Occupational Guilds for Health Practitioners. He highlighted the story of economy, and the role economy plays in South Africa’s health system. The concept of private property did not exist in the beginning of humanity, and life expectancy was not very long, but that changed over time as we domesticated animals and plants. With animals and plants domesticated, we could concentrate on other things instead of just surviving, like inventing the wheel, having set professions and having a democracy. It was only
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NHI should make the family physician great again, but will it?

Dr Hlombe Makuluma, qualified general medical practitioner and a Certified Business and Executive Coach, has today during the crisis summit about the implications of the proposed National Health Insurance bill, discussed the impact the NHI will have on general health practitioners. Dr. Makuluma said that primarily health care is about health. It is as simple as that. More emphasis should be placed on the role of the house doctor. “Will the NHI make the family physician great again? That is what we should ask.” He also asks what the outcome is of that what we want? It should be health:
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Alternative solutions to NHI

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Solidarity Crisis Summit 21 August 2018 – National Health Insurance Speaker : Mr Bryan Sidders Founder of Prior Mobile Bryan Sidders is the founder and owner of Prior Mobile, currently part of Prior Ditema. Prior Mobile is a unique mobile medical scheme application and includes mobile pre-paid health vouchers that offer simple and low-cost access to health care to those who cannot afford medical scheme cover. Brian has 45 years of experience in the South African health care industry. He also created, designed and manufactured the plastic hospital patient identity band that is used in
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IN THE NEWS
  • ASAIPA National Medical Awards: recognising...
    by Staff Reporter on September 20, 2019 at 7:55 am

    The second annual National Medical Awards ceremony, this year’s culmination of an initiative launched by the Alliance of SA Independent Practitioners Association (ASAIPA) last year to enhance private primary care practice in South Africa, will be taking place in Centurion on 8 November As […]

  • Researchers identify improved CPR methodology
    by Staff Reporter on September 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

    An international research consortium, which included faculty members from the University of Minnesota Medical School, was able to identify what is likely an optimal combination of chest compression frequency and depth when performing CPR. The investigation was led by Sue Duval, PhD, Associate […]

  • Obesity associated with abnormal bowel habits
    by Staff Reporter on September 19, 2019 at 8:29 am

    In the most comprehensive analysis of the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and bowel habits to date, published yesterday in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, a team of physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found a strong association between […]

  • Surgical procedures best sclerotherapy for...
    by Staff Reporter on September 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Laser ablation and surgery for varicose veins similarly improve quality of life (QOL), whereas foam sclerotherapy has less of an effect, claims a new study. Researchers at the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), and nine other centers across the […]

  • Stepwise approach effective for primary care...
    by Staff Reporter on September 19, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Assessment of dementia risk using three common screening tools at baseline predicts incident dementia over the course of about seven years. Lennard L. van Wanrooij, from the University of Amsterdam, and colleagues – reporting in the current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine – […]

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10 September 2019
By Reon Janse van Rensburg In 2018, the Constitutional Court in South Africa ruled that the use of cannabis is legal for both personal and medical use. However, it is...

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16 July 2019
By Bianca Smit “Burnout is a sign that something needs to change.” – Sarah Forgrave The abovementioned statement makes it sound so easy: If things do not work, change them....

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9 July 2019
Solidarity today expressed its concern about the precarious state of health care in the public sector and argued that the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), as confirmed by...

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19 November 2018
16 November 2018 Solidariteit verwelkom die hewige en omvattende kritiek wat die waarnemende direkteur-generaal van die tesourie, Ismail Momoniat, oor die omstrede wetsontwerp op Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering uitgespreek het. Die kritiek...

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