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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.
Campaign

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
GEMS decided on public healthcare for you, but not for them

Solidarity today condemned the hypocrisy of the decision by GEMS, the medical aid fund for state officials, to provide access to private hospitals for members belonging to their cheapest option.   While Solidarity welcomes the decision itself and believes that all South Africans should have access to private medical care, they shed light on the state’s incoherent behaviour which, on the one hand, regards National Health Insurance (NHI) as a highly necessary intervention, but then negotiate access to private services for their own officials.   Morné Malan, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) argues: “It is absurd that
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Report shows healthcare workers’ huge concerns about NHI

Solidarity today presented its report on the knowledge, insight and opinion of health professionals in South Africa regarding the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). This report covers the research done by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) as a follow-up investigation in October 2019. The first study was undertaken in July 2018 to gauge healthcare workers’ opinions and knowledge of the NHI, and their capacity to accommodate the NHI. Nicolien Welthagen, a research psychologist at the SRI, explained, “The 2018 study included only members of Solidarity, but in 2019 questionnaires were sent to healthcare practitioners in the private as well as
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Pharmacy Council bullies members into supporting the NHI

The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Health Care Professionals today strongly denounced the South African Pharmacy Council’s apparent veiled threat as far as the National Health Insurance (NHI) is concerned.   Morné Malan, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), explained that at best the Council is acting irresponsibly and negligently and at worst clearly in bad faith. “The message the council, which in terms of its mandate can institute disciplinary steps or could even deregister members, is sending to pharmacists clearly bears the traits of a friendly obligation. Every pharmacist is called upon to complete and sign a pledge
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Health practitioners: How do I deal with difficult patients – Part 1

by Luisa van der Linde Introduction The main purpose of health practitioners in a clinical environment is to treat and care for their patients to the best of their ability. Sometimes, however, differences in expectations, perceptions and communication styles may lead to challenging interactions between a health practitioner and the patient. Many patients are polite and follow their practitioner’s recommendations exactly, but unfortunately not all patients do so. Reasons There are many reasons why patients sometimes become difficult to deal with. Some are unhappy about where and when they receive bad or life-changing news. Others experience the health practitioner’s non-verbal
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What is the significance of the POPI Act for health practices?

Seeing that the application of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is drawing close, it has now become more important than ever to make sure that your medical practice complies with the requirements of the POPI Act. Although the government has not yet announced a specific enforcement date, you can use the interim to your advantage to get fully acquainted with the significance of the POPI Act for your medical practice and how to set about safekeeping the medical data of patients in accordance with the requirements of the POPI Act. Are you wondering how the Protection of Personal
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Understanding the POPI Act in your practice

By Reon Janse van Rensburg   Careless handling of patient information at a medical practice, is not only unethical but can also result in sanctions at the Health Practitioners Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and violating of a private dispute can in extreme cases result in fines or even imprisonment. Health practitioners and their administrative staff receive personal information from their patients on a daily basis in various ways, for example when a file is opened or when patients disclose confidential medical history to a doctor. According to the Act this information is regarded as the personal information of a
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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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IN THE NEWS
  • Diabetes tied to increased risk of hidden spinal...
    by Staff Reporter on November 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than others to develop spinal fractures that sometimes have no obvious symptoms but are tied to increased risk of future broken bones, a research review suggests. Focussing on vertebral fractures, the study included data from 15 prior studies with a total […]

  • Paving way for new doctors entering...
    by Article supplied by MediCoop* on November 15, 2019 at 8:47 am

    The recent GP Expo at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, essentially a networking platform for healthcare professionals such as general practitioners, doctors, clinical leads and primary healthcare professionals, provided an opportunity for MediCoop and strategic partner, Aon South Africa, to showcase […]

  • Today’s doctors and the fourth industrial...
    by Dr Stuart Loyson on November 15, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Today’s doctors find themselves in a world characterised by digital disruption. Globally, healthcare costs are skyrocketing. This trend has been fuelled by ageing populations, the growing number of patients with non-communicable diseases, the increasing prevalence of high-cost treatment […]

  • Regular pain and sleep prescription drug use...
    by Staff Reporter on November 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

    A study to be presented at this week’s Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Texas has found statistically significant links between self-reported regular use of prescription drugs for pain and/or sleep, and longitudinal risk of frailty in adults ages 65 and […]

  • No Ebola cases in SA or Lesotho, NICD confirms
    by Staff Reporter on November 14, 2019 at 9:50 am

    The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it has not had any positive Ebola cases in South Africa or its neighbouring countries. In a tweet on Thursday morning, the NICD confirmed that its BSL4 Lab had not been requested to test suspected Ebola cases for any neighbouring […]

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OCCUPATIONAL GUILD NEWS
28 October 2019
by Luisa van der Linde Introduction The main purpose of health practitioners in a clinical environment is to treat and care for their patients to the best of their ability....

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27 September 2019
Seeing that the application of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is drawing close, it has now become more important than ever to make sure that your medical practice...

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27 September 2019
By Reon Janse van Rensburg   Careless handling of patient information at a medical practice, is not only unethical but can also result in sanctions at the Health Practitioners Council...

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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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