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Public Health Response to COVID-19 Outlined


Department of Health Early evidence suggests that the nationwide lockdown, imposed since 26 March 2020, has successfully limited the spread of the coronavirus. The health department confirmed this in a…

Parliament Commends Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19


Parliament The portfolio committee on health has commended the health department and the Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 for work undertaken thus far on combating the pandemic. The committee held…

Community-Based Screening for COVID-19 in the Pipeline


Department of Health Each province has been requested to start mass community-based screening, referral for clinic testing, quarantine of suspected cases and appropriate care for COVID-19 patients. President Ramaphosa announced…

National Public Health Institute of South Africa


Draft bill full text Published in GG 39392 of 11 November 2015 Correction notice in GG 39414 of 13 November 2015 Year of publication 2015 Publication for comment (draft bill)…

Parliament Passes National Public Health Institute Bill


Parliament Parliament has passed the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent. The section 76 bill was tabled in May 2017.…

Regulations on Unprofessional Conduct by Health Practitioners Amended


Department of Health Regulations governing inquiries into alleged unprofessional conduct by health practitioners have been amended. The health department published amendments to the Regulations Relating to the Conduct of Inquiries…

Comment on NHI Bill Extended


Parliament 2 October 2019 The comment period for the National Health Insurance Bill has been extended. The bill was tabled in parliament in August 2019. It aims to: • achieve…

Health Market Inquiry Final Report Released


Competition Commission 1 October 2019 The Competition Commission has released the Health Market Inquiry Final Findings and Recommendations Report. The Inquiry commenced in January 2014 and underwent a number of…

NHI Bill Hearings in the Pipeline


Parliament 25 September 2019 Public hearings on the National Health Insurance Bill are scheduled to get underway towards the end of October 2019. In a statement, the portfolio committee on…

Comment Sought on National Health Insurance Bill


Parliament 30 August 2019 Parliament has called for comment on the National Health Insurance Bill. The bill was tabled in parliament earlier this month. It aims to: • achieve universal…