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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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Dokters moet só uitbranding keer tydens Covid-19

Die Covid-19-pandemie hou talle uitdagings en bekommernisse vir dokters in.   Nie net is dokters bekommerd oor hulle pasiënte se welstand nie, maar ook oor hul eie gesondheid, welstand en finansies. Die Covid-19-pandemie het tot gevolg dat dokters se werklading toeneem maar dit het ook dat dokters dikwels self siek word en dan onder kwarantyn geplaas moet word, wat beteken dat hulle nie pasiënte kan help nie.   Daar is reeds heelwat navorsing gedoen oor die invloed wat die Covid-19-pandemie op gesondheidsorgwerkers het. Depressie, slapeloosheid, angstigheid en benoudheid is net 'n paar van die beduidende gevolge van die pandemie.  
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Henru Krüger, die man agter die groot prentjie

Deur Reon Janse van Rensburg Die Solidariteit Beroepsgildes bring mense uit dieselfde beroepe bymekaar en gee ook aan jongmense 'n kans om spesifieke beroepe te betree. Die gildes tree ook as waghond op wat brandpunte in beroepe takel deur met werkbare oplossings vorendag te kom. Die gildes se doel is om 'n netwerk te skep waarbinne lede die beste praktyke met ander kan deel, kan sake doen en hulself in hul beroepe kan ontwikkel en bevorder. 'n Beroepsgilde is deel van jou pad van lewenslange leer en 'n geleentheid waar jy insette kan lewer oor hoe jou beroep beskerm en
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Solidariteit Helpende Hand: Ons wil bejaardes weer laat sien en hoor!

Solidariteit Helpende Hand ondersteun behoeftige bejaardes op verskeie maniere. Twee van die projekte wat ons baie sterk dryf en waarvoor die behoefte elke jaar net groter en groter word, is die behoefte aan katarakverwydering en gehoorapparate. Staatshospitale se waglyste om katarakte te verwyder, is twee en ’n half jaar en meestal word die bejaardes dan weer op die volgende waglys geplaas. In 2019 het ons die katarakprojek saam met dr. MC Niemandt van die Intercare Mediese Sentrum in Hazeldean, Pretoria, deurgevoer. Tydens Internasionale Ooggesondheidbewusmakingsweek kon 40 bejaardes se katarakte verwyder word. Ons het wel in 2019 ’n totaal van 485
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Nuwe studiefonds herdenk seuntjie se lewe

Die nuutgestigde Christo Engelbrecht Studiefonds vertel die storie van ’n driejarige seuntjie wat na 'n lumbale punksie oorlede is. Die fonds is nou, vier jaar na klein Christo se afsterwe gestig. Die doel van die studiefonds is om 'n jongmens met studiebefondsing by te staan vir enige beroep in 'n pediatriese rigting, soos bv. Pediatrie, Pediatriese Intensiewe Sorg of Pediatriese Neurologie. Die dapper klein Christo het vermoedelik virale breinvliesontsteking gehad en na ’n lumbale punksie het sy brein begin swel. Hy is vier dae later oorgeplaas na ’n hospitaal in Johannesburg waar sy breintellings weer genormaliseer het. Die dokter het
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How do I deal with difficult patients – Part 2: If the sparks are already flying …

By Luisa van der Linde General skills that may be of help Empathy can take you far Always keep the human aspect of health care in mind. Patience and empathy are important aspects of your calling. A difficult situation can often be defused by just being nice and showing empathy. An upset patient can become calmer if he or she feels you are really listening. Use phrases such as, “I understand your frustration.” Remember that the patient is away from their loved ones, probably in pain and uncertain. Show them you care! Treat the patient with respect rather than being
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Health Practitioners : Safety in your practice

by Luisa van der Linde INTRODUCTION As a health practitioner, your own safety and the wellbeing of your own employers remain a top priority at your practice. It involves much more than a sign behind the bathroom door with a pretty picture that says: “Please wash your hands.” To quantify safety at the workplace is very difficult, because certain regulations depend on the specific practice’s unique circumstances. The number of staff you have, types of patients who visit the practice and infrastructure will also have an influence on how safety guidelines and regulations will be applied. THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND
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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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29 June 2020
Die Covid-19-pandemie hou talle uitdagings en bekommernisse vir dokters in.   Nie net is dokters bekommerd oor hulle pasiënte se welstand nie, maar ook oor hul eie gesondheid, welstand en...

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29 April 2020
Deur Reon Janse van Rensburg Die Solidariteit Beroepsgildes bring mense uit dieselfde beroepe bymekaar en gee ook aan jongmense 'n kans om spesifieke beroepe te betree. Die gildes tree ook...

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27 February 2020
Solidariteit Helpende Hand ondersteun behoeftige bejaardes op verskeie maniere. Twee van die projekte wat ons baie sterk dryf en waarvoor die behoefte elke jaar net groter en groter word, is...

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3 February 2020
Die nuutgestigde Christo Engelbrecht Studiefonds vertel die storie van ’n driejarige seuntjie wat na 'n lumbale punksie oorlede is. Die fonds is nou, vier jaar na klein Christo se afsterwe...

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