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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.

*Terms and conditions apply

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.

Solidarity Occupational Guilds empowers you against Covid-19

Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19. For South Africa to stay healthy your well-being must be the top priority.

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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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Solidarity: decentralisation of power generation and NHI

Solidarity welcomes the drastic steps to decentralise power generation as announced by Pres. Ramaphosa in the State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020. “The next step is to make the transmission networks available to private generators,” said Dr  Dirk Hermann, Solidarity chief executive. However, there was no plan to address Eskom’s huge debt problem. It appears that besides pension money government has no plan to deal with the huge Eskom debt crisis. “We foresee a huge clash between pension fund members and government and Solidarity will be at the forefront of this fight,” Hermann contended. Moreover, it appears
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30 000 add their voices to Solidarity’s comments on the NHI

Solidarity today submitted its comments on the National Health Insurance (NHI) representing a mandate of 30 000. These comments, which already take on the form of court documents, have been formulated with the aid of two independent expert reports written by Prof Jannie Rossouw and Prof Alex van den Heever respectively. Moreover, the Solidarity Occupational Guild for Health Care Practitioners instructed the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) to conduct a survey among practitioners.   Morné Malan, a strategic specialist at Solidarity, says: “The NHI, should it come into effect, would bring an unprecedented disaster for South Africans. That is why in
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Experts: NHI irresponsible and irrational

Solidarity today announced its comprehensive steps against the National Health Insurance (NHI) during a media conference. The conference was presented in collaboration with Prof. Jannie Rossouw and Prof. Alex van den Heever, appointed by Solidarity to compile independent expert reports on the impact of the NHI on the country.   Morné Malan, Strategic Specialist at Solidarity explained, “Solidarity has investigated and studies the NHI for the past three years, including the far-reaching and devastating consequences that will accompany it. As part of Solidarity’s campaign against the NHI, we approached leading experts in the field of economic and policy analysis to
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The prevalence of burnout among South African medical professionals

By Anja van den Berg While professional burnout isn’t a new phenomenon, the ongoing coronavirus crisis of 2020 made it worse. And it’s following us into 2021. Arguably, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t hit any group of employees harder than that of the medical sector. Burnout in the medical fraternity is of concern globally, with higher rates reported in studies conducted in South Africa. Research conducted by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), which represents 32 000 health-care professionals in SA, has surveyed doctors’ psychological wellbeing. A total of 346 doctors took part in the survey, which found that a third of
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Optometrist: Are you considering a career as an optometrist?

By Melodie Veldhuizen What is an optometrist? Optometrists are professional persons entitled to many of the rights and privileges afforded to doctors although they are not physicians (such as an ophthalmologist or eye specialist). Their main focus is the physical structure of the human eye, the patient’s overall vision, the visual system and visual information processing. In general, they are qualified to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the entire visual system by prescribing medication or visual aids such as spectacles or contact lenses. Characteristics/personality Optometrists are investigative, inquisitive, methodical, rational, analytical, logical, accurate, and they have a flair
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When medical personnel need psychological help

By Marli Naidoo In the past ten years the stigma around mental health has declined significantly. There is a greater awareness that physical and mental illness should be treated equally. However, when it comes to medical personnel, one easily forgets that they not only help others to heal, but they themselves sometimes often need healing. It is even sadder that many doctors and nurses also forget about their own mental health. No wonder then that many of them struggle with depression and that the number of suicides among doctors is 2.5% higher that among the general population. Doctors don’t always
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Why pharmacy? A pharmacist intern chats about her career choice

By Melodie Veldhuizen Pharmacy is a dynamic, information-driven, patient-oriented profession that accepts responsibility for medicine in all its facets by acting as: supervisor over medicine; formulator, manufacturer, distributor and controller of safe, effective and quality medicine; advisor about the safe, rational and appropriate use of medicine; provider of essential clinical services, including screening tests and referrals about health care education and information; provider of pharmaceutical care by accepting responsibility for the outcome of therapy and by being actively involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of pharmaceutical care plans; and provider of cost-effective and effective pharmaceutical services. Mignon Pretorius,
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The origin of scrubs

By Nico Strydom “Scrubs” refer to the sanitary garments worn by surgeons, nurses, doctors and other health workers in hospitals. The Spanish ‘flu in 1918 led to a greater awareness among medical personnel regarding the spread of diseases and they started wearing masks to protect themselves, and later gloves also came into use. Prior to this, doctors wore ordinary clothes during operations and would sometimes don an apron in an effort to keep their clothes clean. Nurses wore long dresses with white aprons and small caps. Ribbons of different colours were attached to the caps to indicate seniority. Over the
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Role of pharmacists becoming increasingly important

By Nico Strydom Pharmacists do much more than standing behind a counter, dispensing medicine. Pharmacists play a key role in the health care system as they are often the health care professionals who have the most knowledge about medicines and how they work. Among other things, their role includes advising and educating patients about medical conditions and the use of medicines. Pharmacists are responsible for the quality of medicine provided to patients and for ensuring that the provision of medicines takes place within the framework of the law. Furthermore, a pharmacist must ensure that the medication that is prescribed to
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Careers in Psychology

By Melodie Veldhuizen Psychology is an extensive science with various focus areas. After obtaining a psychology degree you can specialise in many fields. Seven of the careers you can pursue as a psychologist are briefly discussed here below. Clinical psychologist Clinical psychologists try to bring about positive change in the thinking and behaviour of people. They work with people of all ages, experiencing diverse psychological, emotional and behavioural problems such as depression, schizophrenia, psychopathy, neurological dysfunction, addiction, eating disorders and relationship problems. The identify the problems, perform and interpret cognitive and personality tests, diagnose mental disorders, develop treatment plans and
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Factors a doctor who wants to locum should consider

By Melodie Veldhuizen Medical practitioners who have just qualified are keen to start earning an income. However, many young doctors do not find jobs after their internship of two years and one year’s community service because so many doctors’ jobs have been frozen in the public service. Most of them cannot afford an own practice, or they first want to gain enough experience before they consider it. Others opt for more flexible working hours for whatever reason. Then locum work is the answer. The advantages and disadvantages, as contained in literature, as well as the experiences of a practitioner who
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Dental hygienist: “My talkativeness determined my career!”

By Dr Eugene Brink I would be lying if I said that there is anything in my job that I don’t like. So says Liezel Janse van Rensburg about her job as a dental hygienist even after 21 years. And there is a lot she does like. “It gives me so much satisfaction when I see the results and difference in my patient’s mouths. There is something special about education. Being able to teach somebody something is an absolute gift. “You may think I’m talking nonsense, but I’m mad about what I do! After 21 years in a practice, I
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Hints to doctors who want to start their own medical practices

By Essie Bester Starting one’s own medical practice can be incredibly profitable and this is the end result many aim at, according to doctors who have done it. It is, however, also one of the biggest challenges that will face you as a medical practitioner – from business logistics to financial planning. The following are a few things regarding the management of a medical practice that should be kept in mind: Select your team carefully The required qualifications of the professional people who have to assist you in your practice, will depend on your particular practice. You will probably need
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12 April 2021
By Anja van den Berg While professional burnout isn't a new phenomenon, the ongoing coronavirus crisis of 2020 made it worse. And it's following us into 2021. Arguably, the Covid-19...

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12 April 2021
By Melodie Veldhuizen What is an optometrist? Optometrists are professional persons entitled to many of the rights and privileges afforded to doctors although they are not physicians (such as an...

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29 March 2021
By Marli Naidoo In the past ten years the stigma around mental health has declined significantly. There is a greater awareness that physical and mental illness should be treated equally....

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15 March 2021
By Melodie Veldhuizen Pharmacy is a dynamic, information-driven, patient-oriented profession that accepts responsibility for medicine in all its facets by acting as: supervisor over medicine; formulator, manufacturer, distributor and controller...

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