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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.

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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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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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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  • Call on medical schemes to release emergency...
    by Staff Reporter on April 2, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Financial services expert, KHUSA Consulting, has called for the release of billions of rands from medical schemes’ emergency reserves to help treat COVID-19 patients in South Africa. Adrian Parsons, Executive Director at KHUSA Consulting, says that by law, medical schemes have emergency fund […]

  • Identifying patients at risk of IBD in advance
    by Staff Reporter on April 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    A team of GI tract researchers have reported the identification of a panel of serum antibodies and proteins that were predictive of patients who will receive a diagnosis of Crohn´s disease within five years with high accuracy. Introducing their report, Torres et al explained that are needed […]

  • Wastewater test could provide early virus warning
    by Staff Reporter on April 1, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Researchers at Cranfield University are working on a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of communities infected with the virus. The wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) approach could provide an effective and rapid way to predict the potential spread of novel coronavirus pneumonia […]

  • COVID-19 will permanently change SA’s...
    by Dr Johann Serfontein on April 1, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    By Dr Johann Serfontein. Dr Serfontein is a senior healthcare consultant at HealthMan and is also an award winning novelist under the pseudonym, Jean Cerfontaine. While the COVID-19 outbreak is going to require massive healthcare resources to deal with, and stretch the health system to breaking […]

  • MediCoop partners with Aon to deliver risk and...
    by Staff Reporter on April 1, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    As leaders in the medical malpractice insurance broking market, Aon has over 15 years’ experience in the provision of medical malpractice insurance broking solutions to medical professionals in South Africa.  We understand the investment that you have made in your career, the development […]

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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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28 November 2019
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...

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22 November 2019
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...

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