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During South Africa’s first two decades as a democracy, the Western Cape Province has undergone radical changes to its healthcare system in an effort to address the extensive socioeconomic inequities that remain in the aftermath of the apartheid era...
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Monday, 25 March 2019
Death by maladministration

Death by administration: an important category of patient mortality. A letter to the editor of the South African Medical Journal...

Publication Date:
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 - 13:30
Teen suicide in the spotlight

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suicide is the second most common cause of death in teenagers and young adults between 10 and 24 years. According to WHO, around a million people commit suicide each year, and it is predicted that by 2020 this figure will rise to 1.53 million.

Publication Date:
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 - 17:15
Savings in mental healthcare cost lives

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s, report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry.

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 - 17:15
UCT flag at half mast to honour Esidimeni victims

The scope of the Esidimeni tragedy and the depth of the sadness that it has caused is immeasurable. How do we lose 94 lives so flippantly, so negligently and in such a cruel manner? When students at the University of Cape Town raise awareness of mental health issues, this is the reality that they are pointing to

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 - 15:30