Think that red-nosed jokers belong only in the circus? Are painted faces the stuff of your nightmares? Enter the medical clown – a new profession that is literally giving life to the old saying “laughter is the best form of medicine”.
It takes immense courage to be a whistleblower – to rise up against authority and speak out against incidences of wrongdoing or human rights violations. But it has not gone well for most South Africans who have done so, and this week another brave source has been taken down.
The Competition Commission has found that medical aid members have been getting a raw deal and now schemes and healthcare providers have two months to respond to recommendations that there be changes to the way the private healthcare sector operates and that medical aids clarify their offerings.
Explosive details of a Special Investigation Unit report on massive corruption within the Gauteng Health Department that was quietly shelved have been revealed civil society organisations keen to expose rot amounting to about R1,2-billion.
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One man’s fight to ensure humane treatment for mentally ill patients at a rural Eastern Cape psychiatric hospital has sparked various consequences, with at least one monitoring body calling out a cover-up and the hospital CEO handing in her resignation late last Thursday night.
Our multimedia journalists Kim Harrisberg’s documentary titled ‘Food Apartheid’ will be aired on Cutting Edge tonight at 9.30pm.