Guidelines for Licensing of Mental Health Facilities Published

Department of Health

Guidelines for the licensing of residential and day care facilities for people with mental and/or intellectual disabilities have been published for comment.

The Guidelines published in Notice 452 in Government Gazette 40860 outline:

Medicines and Related Substances Act to Come into Effect

The Presidency

The Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act 72 of 2008 will come into effect on 1 June 2017.

The proclamation was published in Government Gazette 40869.

DOH Tables Two Health Bills in Parliament

Department of Health

Two health bills have been tabled in parliament.

The National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill and the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill were published for comment in November 2015.

Draft Dispensing Fees for Pharmacists Drawn Up

Department of Health

Draft dispensing fees for pharmacists have been published in Government Gazette 40847 for comment.

The health department published the proposed fees in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965.

NHI and its Implementation Under the Spotlight

Department of Health

The health department budget vote speech has been delivered in parliament.

In his recent budget vote speech, the minister of health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, outlined the progress made by his department with the National Health Insurance (NHI) and its implementation. He also mentioned various goals the department has set out to achieve.

National Health Insurance on Track

Department of Health

The National Health Insurance (NHI) is still a top priority for the health department.

The department of health’s aim of having a functional NHI Fund by 2019/20 forms a big part of its medium-term targets.

Regulations on Control of Blood Products Tweaked

Department of Health

An amendment to the Regulations Regarding the General Control of Human Bodies, Tissue, Blood Products and Gametes is in place.

The amendment was published in Government Gazette 40816 in terms of the National Health Act.

Community Service by Environmental Health Practitioners Under the Spotlight

Department of Health

The health department has published an addendum to the list of approved facilities for the purposes of performing community service by environmental health practitioners.

The notice was published in Government Gazette 40807 in terms of the Health Professions Act, Pharmacy Act and Nursing Act.

Council for Medical Schemes Sets New Levies

Department of Health

New levies have been imposed on medical schemes.

The Council for Medical Schemes announced the new levies in Notice 310 in Government Gazette 40800.

Registration of Audiology Students Under the Spotlight

Department of Health

Regulations Relating to the Registration of Audiology Students have been released.

The regulations, published in Government Gazette 40772, were drafted in terms of the Health Professions Act.

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