CMS Identifies Undesirable Business Practices

Department of Health

The Council for Medical Schemes has declared certain business practices to be undesirable.

The health department published the declaration in Government Gazette 41299.

Persons working for, or connected to, a medical scheme may not approach and/or persuade any person to stand as a candidate for election to be member of the board of trustees of the relevant medical scheme, canvass for proxies or to obtain proxies for use in voting for any particular person who stands as a candidate for election to be a member of the board of trustees of the relevant medical scheme and fund or organise the election of candidates for membership of the board of trustees of a medical scheme or to campaign for the election of any particular representative of members to the board of trustees of the relevant medical scheme.

Meanwhile, the department has issued a correction notice on the appointment of members to the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

The notice contains detail on the names of candidates and their category of appointment.

In a separate matter, the portfolio committee on health recently rejected the Medical Innovation Bill.

The bill, a private member’s bill, was drawn up by the Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) former member of parliament, Mario Oriani-Ambrosini.

The bill was re-tabled by the IFP’s Narend Singh in September 2014 following the death of Mario Oriani-Ambrosini from cancer the previous month.

It sought to make provision for innovation in medical treatment and to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes and beneficial commercial and industrial uses.

The committee decided that the bill was not desirable as its objectives had been achieved by amendments to legislation such as legalising the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes under the Medicines and Related Substances Act and amending the scheduling status of registered cannabis products for medicinal use.

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