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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.
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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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Social worker says: “I am not the same person anymore.”

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Many aspiring students studying to become social workers wonder whether they have what it takes to enter this occupation. Although the occupation comes with some rewards, it remains extremely stressful and emotionally tasking, and sometimes social workers have to deal with several problems at once. In addition to the abovementioned challenges, other work circumstances and their earnings can often be just as challenging. As in many other occupations it takes a certain kind of someone to be a social worker. Social workers, like teachers, are called to do this work. Social workers do their work
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Wenke en vrae wanneer jy die regte finansiële adviseur soekTips and questions when seeking out the right financial advisor

By Dr Eugene Brink Finances are one of the thorniest and most touchy subjects in most people’s lives. And with good reason: It literally determines how we can look after ourselves and our families. Therefore, when we seek advice from financial advisors, it is crucial to ask the right questions and draw firm conclusions. “Whether you’re just starting your career, nearing retirement or somewhere in between, a financial advisor can help you navigate important decisions about your money. Financial advisors come with an array of backgrounds, so it’s important to know how to choose the right advisor for you,” says
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Shortage of health professionals in South Africa – growing concerns

By Reon Janse van Rensburg In reply to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance (DA), Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla revealed that the country’s doctor to patient ratio is 1:3 198, in other words 0,31 doctors for every 1 000 patients. The minister also indicated that the number of doctors is declining after this ratio stood at 0,79 doctors per 1 000 patients in 2019. South Africa is also worse off than other developing countries such as Mexico (2,44) and Brazil (2,32), while the United Kingdom has a ratio of 3,03 doctors per 1 000 patients. Solidarity’s doctors’ network and the nursing
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Tips for a doctor who has to share bad news with patients

By Melodie Veldhuizen Medical practitioners’ most important task is to heal patients and keep them healthy. Unfortunately, they are sometimes confronted by the unenviable task of sharing unwelcome news regarding a medical condition with a patient. This news can, among others, be the confirmation of a serious illness, a medical setback (such as the return of cancer that was in remission for a long time), or a terminal prognosis. The way in which this news is conveyed will be remembered by the patient and his next of kind for the rest of their lives and also determines the patient’s future
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Medical students: network with a variety of doctors

By Marli Naidoo We usually associate the term “networking” with business professionals and marketing. However, it’s an important part of the medical field, and is advantageous and essential for medical students. These students’ professional future relies not only on how well they perform academically, but is also shaped by the connections and valuable professional relationships they can build during their years of training. Medical students often forget that they are in a “pre-professional” programme. It’s unbelievably easy to lose sight of the “professional’ aspect of the training, as the journey itself is filled with detailed information and seemingly endless exams.
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Should clinicians bring humour to the doctors’ rooms?

By Anja van den Berg Humour is a human universal and an essential factor to cope with stress, make friends, and think out of the box. But does humour belong in the workplace? Even more specifically − does humour belong in the medical field where medical professionals interact with patients? Dr Thomas Lee and Senem Guney are particularly interested in humour and health care. Together, they embarked on an intense research project to find the answer. Lee is the chief medical officer of Press Ganey, and Guney is a vice-president at the same medical research company, where she is responsible
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Healthcare workers’ continued pressure against fee increases pay off

Healthcare workers’ continued pressure against the 13% registration fee increase paid off after the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) announced that it had realigned the fee increase for the 2022/23 financial year to a maximum increase in the consumer price index (CPI) of 5,7% for affected Professional Boards. Healthcare workers had to pay an additional 13% in fees this year, which was above the CPI’s 5,7% and this means that the fees have increased by 30% over the past two years. Healthcare practitioners must pay annual registration fees to be able to continue practicing. Affected practitioners will eventually
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Flying high: Lessons from the aviation industry to doctors

By Dr Eugene Brink At first glance, pilots and doctors have very little in common. The one group flies airplanes between destinations and the other diagnoses medical conditions, operates on people, and prescribes and administers medicine. But even in this seemingly incongruous relationship there are similarities and valuable lessons to be learnt. For instance, both are service professions that have low margins of error and cannot afford costly mistakes. Both industries have also undergone significant technological change over the years, which necessitates new human proficiencies. So, what can doctors learn from pilots that will improve their modus operandi? This is
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HPCSA registration fee increased by nearly 30% in two years

The Citizen reports that doctors have resorted to signing a petition to try and stop the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) from yet again increasing registration fees. Healthcare professionals now have to fork out an additional 13%, but claim the council is never available to assist them. The new fees for this year apply across all boards, including dieticians, psychologists, emergency care practitioners, occupational therapists and optometrists. The fees, which were gazetted last month, range from R531 for a medical intern to R7 446 for a medical or dental specialist. A psychologist will have to fork out R1
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Medical skills exempt from list of critical skills

By Reon Janse van Rensburg The CEO of the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) CEO, Dr Dumisane Bomela, criticised the government’s latest list of critical skills after the government removed a number of medical professions, including doctors and nurses, from the list. According to Dr Bomela South Africa is lagging behind compared to other countries in terms of available medical skills, and to make matters worse, the development of skills in the medical professions has almost come to a standstill in recent years. Dr. Bomela argued that removing these skills from the list of critical skills sends the message
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7 June 2022
By Reon Janse van Rensburg Many aspiring students studying to become social workers wonder whether they have what it takes to enter this occupation. Although the occupation comes with some...

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26 May 2022
By Dr Eugene Brink Finances are one of the thorniest and most touchy subjects in most people’s lives. And with good reason: It literally determines how we can look after...

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19 May 2022
By Reon Janse van Rensburg In reply to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance (DA), Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla revealed that the country’s doctor to patient ratio is...

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9 May 2022
By Melodie Veldhuizen Medical practitioners’ most important task is to heal patients and keep them healthy. Unfortunately, they are sometimes confronted by the unenviable task of sharing unwelcome news regarding...

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