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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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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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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
No further talk of NHI until bill is passed

Solidarity announced today that in a letter directed to it, the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Health, Dr Nicolas Crisp, confirmed that the department would make no further announcement in connection with National Health Insurance (NHI) until the bill has been passed by Parliament.   In a letter sent to Solidarity on 24 October 2021 Dr Crisp points out that in the Department’s view the NHI is currently before Parliament and until the Parliamentary processes have been exhausted and the bill is endorsed by the National Assembly the Department could not make announcements relating to the rollout or implementation
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Solidarity launches PAIA application regarding NHI

Solidarity announced today that it has launched an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) in connection with the controversial remarks made by the Health Department’s Deputy Director-General, Dr Nicolas Crisp. This came after Dr Crisp stated on 30 August that the National Health Insurance (NHI) would come into effect by the end of the year.   Following these comments, Solidarity addressed a legal letter to Dr Crisp in September this year, but he did not respond. Solidarity says it is therefore compelled to take more serious legal steps as this is causing major uncertainty
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Tax protest announced against threefold increase

The Solidarity Research Institute today presented a report that shows that the burden on taxpayers could increase as much as threefold if the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) is accepted and the Green Paper on social security is implemented after being reviewed.   Solidarity’s Executive Council made the decision that a comprehensive, legal tax protest may be instituted. As part of the protest, the plan is to test the NHI proposal in court. If the government should continue with its intention to republish the Green Paper on social security, Solidarity would challenge that in court as well.
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NHI: The ANC’s way or the highway

By Reon Janse van Rensburg In the National Treasury’s medium-term budget policy statement published on 11 November this year, the Treasury said that a limited costing estimate of the National Health Insurance (NHI) had previously shown that it would require about R40 billion a year in additional funding in the first five years, but that the costs may increase significantly over time. According to the National Treasury, the state does not expect South Africa’s plans regarding the NHI to be a significant cost burden in the medium term, because the planned implementation, is progressing at a snail’s pace even though
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General personnel problems experienced by medical practices

By Essie Bester Due to changing remuneration tendencies and value-based care initiatives doctors and office managers of medical practices in today’s world are expected to recruit qualified personnel who can perform more tasks than ever before. They also have to retain employees, which is not always easy, while attitude and career goals have to be addressed constantly. According to doctors and recruiting personnel the following are the most common personnel problems experienced by medical practices: Finding qualified workers Nowadays office personnel are fully integrated members of the healthcare team. They must be capable of registering patients on an electronic healthcare
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Tech in the medical field: Emerging professions

By Dr Eugene Brink Careers are constantly evolving and due to scientific breakthroughs and technology, new and exciting advances and roles await the medical profession. “Healthcare is a rapidly changing industry. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI), emerging issues surrounding big data, complications arising through healthcare regulations, and new integrations between healthcare and business are all transforming the way care is delivered,” writes health scribe Kimmy Gustafson. The medical website HospitalCareers.com echoes these sentiments: “One of the most exciting aspects of working in the medical field is that it is an ever-changing and ever-evolving field with many jobs being introduced to
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Vista Clinic takes on a 1000 km journey to change the stigma about mental health

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Mental health problems are common and affects thousands of South Africans. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health problems. People with mental health problems often experience discrimination in every aspect of their lives, which contributes to the worsening of these mental health problems. On the one hand, patients struggle with the symptoms and afflictions of the various illnesses. On the other hand, they are challenged by stereotypes and prejudice that stems from a misconception about mental health problems. Because of this, people with mental health illnesses are robbed of a chance at a
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NHI: Healthcare shot down in flames

 By Reon Janse van Rensburg Solidarity’s Guild for Health Practitioners believes the conditions of decay at government hospitals have reached a new low. According to Henru Krüger, Sector Head of Solidarity’s Professional Guilds, this is a strong indication that the government’s irrational National Health Insurance (NHI) policy must be dropped immediately. The Guild also believes that more attention should be paid to addressing the challenges in the private sector in order to afford a higher proportion of the South African population access to quality healthcare. Solidarity’s Guild for Health Practitioners is concerned in particular about conditions at state hospitals across
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Healthcare practitioners: The new era of practice management

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Healthcare practitioners equip yourself with new knowledge regarding the latest developments and trends in modern healthcare. Register today for the upcoming course: Click here. To become a competent healthcare practitioner and to keep such skills, you need continuous training. It requires new knowledge, understanding and insight into the changing protocols and new methods to do certain things. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a necessary element to ensure that an individual’s knowledge and skills are kept up to par and developed to benefit themselves, their patients and the broader profession. In South Africa, there is an
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Top transplant surgeon appointed as new dean of Medicine and Health Sciences at SU

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Stellenbosch University (SU) has appointed a new dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to succeed Prof Jimmy Volmink, whose second term has come to an end. Prof Elmi Muller, the pioneering clinician who performed the first HIV-positive-to-positive kidney transplant in the world, has been appointed to this position and will take up her new post in January 2022. Prof Muller currently is Head of both the Division of General Surgery and the Transplant Unit in the Groote Schuur Hospital at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is an A1-graded scientist at
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Dentists and stress relief

By Marli Naidoo Dentistry is one of the most stressful professions. It is no secret that dentists have to solve various stress-related problems (physical and emotional) on a daily basis. The main stressors in dentistry are falling behind schedule causing patients pain the heavy work load patients who are late anxious patients Stress is not beneficial to anyone’s health. When tension is not alleviated and managed correctly, it can lead to heart diseases, ulcers, back pain, addiction, depression, relationship problems and even suicide. How can dentists manage and lower their stress levels? Don’t ignore the danger signs of chronic tension.
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General practitioners: Success with child patients

By Marli Naidoo When you become a general practitioner you know that you are going to treat all kinds of patients, grown-ups, children, young and old. You are definitely going to deal with children regularly. Some are going to be happy, but others are going to be unwell and tired and want to make sure everybody knows it. If you want to work a little on your skills to make children feel at ease, there are quite a lot of ideas that can help you. There are always toys in the doctor’s waiting room. It would also be a good
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HPSCA says yes to NHI; Solidarity says no

By Nico Strydom The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) believes that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) should be the only funding mechanism for health in South Africa. Solidarity’s Guild for Health Practitioners rejects the HPCSA’s attack on the private medical sector and will fight the NHI in its current form. Prof. Mbulaheni Nemutandani, president of the HPCSA, said during a virtual presentation to the parliamentary portfolio committee on health that they welcome the NHI, as it will result in equal healthcare and social justice. It will also lead to a reduction in inequalities between the public and
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29 November 2021
By Reon Janse van Rensburg In the National Treasury’s medium-term budget policy statement published on 11 November this year, the Treasury said that a limited costing estimate of the National...

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8 November 2021
By Essie Bester Due to changing remuneration tendencies and value-based care initiatives doctors and office managers of medical practices in today’s world are expected to recruit qualified personnel who can...

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25 October 2021
By Dr Eugene Brink Careers are constantly evolving and due to scientific breakthroughs and technology, new and exciting advances and roles await the medical profession. “Healthcare is a rapidly changing...

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15 September 2021
By Reon Janse van Rensburg Mental health problems are common and affects thousands of South Africans. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health problems. People with mental health...

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