To all emergency care workers and dental assistants

All our BAA CPD activities for 2016 were dispatched today. Please allow at least 4 weeks for delivery,but if you have not received anything by the first week of May please call us.

We are currently packing and dispatching our ANA / AEA 2016 CPD activities; this will be finalised in the week of 11th April 2016.

All dentistry CPD activities for 2016 will be dispatched in the week of 18th April 2016.

Shortage of medical supplies to be addressed

Pretoria – The National Department of Health says manufacturers of medical supplies have reported that they have already implemented remedial measures to address the shortage of medical supplies to public and private healthcare facilities.

The department said manufacturers have committed to addressing the problem over the next four weeks.

“… They plan to deliver all outstanding orders for the majority of the medicines that are affected,” said the department on Monday.

The department said manufacturers reported this following an urgent meeting convened by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday, with 32 executives from pharmaceutical companies and suppliers that have been experiencing difficulties to supply about 155 product lines over the past couple of weeks.

The medicines affected by these shortages include certain antibiotics, cardiovascular medicines, analgesics, anesthetic agents and central nervous system medicines.

“Manufacturers of these medicines had an opportunity to share the reasons for these shortages. Each product faces a specific set of challenges. Nevertheless, these problems could be categorised into three areas:

  • Difficulty with sourcing of the active pharmaceutical ingredient and other raw materials,
  • Unforeseen delays in the formulation and packaging of medicines, and
  • Unanticipated increases in demand for a particular medicine.

The department said the shortage is due to lack of active pharmaceutical ingredients globally. The department said it has joined hands with Pharmaceutical companies to avoid drug stock outs in South Africa’s health system.

“The shortage of medicines is a global problem affecting even the most developed countries including the United States, Canada, European Union and Australia. In South Africa, these shortages have affected both the public and private health sectors,” said the department.

The health department said it will be monitoring the situation and implement other measures necessary to ensure the availability of medicines in the health system.

The department said it has been searching for other global suppliers that may have sufficient stock of these items to assist until supplies are restored.

“Over the next couple of weeks we anticipate receiving these medicines from suppliers outside of South Africa, and we are confident that the supplies will improve.

“During this period of limited supplies, it may be necessary for patients to use a different strength of medicine where their usual prescribed strength is unavailable (e.g. 30 mg tablet is unavailable so take two 15mg tablets) or in some cases using a therapeutic alternative until the usual medicine is back in stock,” said the department.

The department said it will be communicating the details of how to address the shortage of each medicine with health professionals, and will also engage the World Health Organization (WHO) to get guidance, especially on the latest developments with regard to products that are pre-qualified by the organisation, as the department endeavour to source some of this items globally to avoid medicine stock outs in the country.

Meanwhile, the department reiterated that there is no shortage of ARV’s in South Africa, and the supplies of Abacavir is now restored and all back orders will be filled in mid-June. –


Ons is tans besig om net meer as 1 200 lede te help met hulle CPD oudits terwyl nuwe funksionaliteite sal verseker dat ons vehoudingsdatabasis toenemend bydrae tot ‘n funsionele en produktiewe interaksie.

In Februarie 2015 het ons jou lidmaatskap bevestig en het ons jou ook bekend gestel aan ons nuwe e-pos stelsel waardeur jy jou aktiwiteite ontvang. Hierdeur verseker ons dat die kwaliteit van jou leesmateriaal van die hoogste gehalte is asook dat jy maklik en effektief toegang daartoe het.

Om so ‘n diens te lewer en intekengelde so laag as moontlik te hou, kom teen ‘n koste en in hierdie verband het ons reeds met jou in verbinding getree oor ‘n uitstaande balans op jou rekening. Sal jy so vriendelik wees om die uitstaande bedrag so spoedig moontlik te betaal? Geliewe ook toe te sien tot betaling vir 2015.

Sien epos onderwerp vir u FOH Nr.

Ons voorsien jou ook weer van die skakels na ons CPD aktiwiteite vir 2015.

Moet asseblief nie huiwer om ons te kontak indien jy enige navrae het nie. En indien die fout by ons le, vra ons byvoorbaat om verskoning.

Vriendelike groete,
Die FoH span

CPD Audit

The HPCSA is conducting a new CPD compliance audit for the period 01 February 2013 – 31 January 2015. If you have any queries on what you must do, please give us a call.

Tel: 012 653 2394 / 2073 / 2373

Post office strike ended

The South African post office is pleased to announce that the strike has ended following an announcement by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) today. This comes after the SA Postal and Allied Workers Union (Sapawu), and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union (Depacu) earlier agreed that their members should return to work.

Today, only 0.7 percent of our workforce remains absent from work. As a result, operations in all provinces are now at almost 100 percent capacity.

We would like to extend our sincerest apologies once again to everyone who was inconvenienced by the strike. Plans to work off the backlog have been implemented – the international mail centre, for example, has added a night shift.

HPCSA won’t penalise due to postal strike

The HPCSA has indicated that practitioners will NOT be penalised because of the strike by postal workers

Should you thus receive an audit letter now with the due date already come and gone, just drop the HPCSA an email stating when you received your audit letter and when you will send your audit. This should be NO later than three weeks AFTER you received your letter. There is no added value in calling the HPCSA.

2nd CPD activity and SAPO Special notice

Because of the South African postal service strike the delivery of the 2nd and last CPD activity for 2014 has been delayed.

Please contact Shelley at our office on 012 653 2394 / 0133 or sent an sms/Whatsapp to 074 230 3874 if you would like to receive this activity by means of email.

Otherwise you may wait for the SAPO service to return to normal to receive your activity, but keep in mind that this might take a while – however we will accept 2014 answer forms for the whole of 2015.

Another alternative is also for you to collect the activity from our office at 400 Theuns van Niekerk street, Wierdapark, 0149 if you are in the Pretoria and surrounding areas.

Please remember that all activities are also available online.

Mail delivery delayed

Mail delivery in Gauteng and the Western Cape continue to be delayed by unprotected industrial action at mail-sorting centres in Cape Town, Pretoria and the greater Johannesburg area.

Mail in Gauteng is delayed by around four weeks, the result of a previous strike from which the production environment had not yet recovered from a previous strike.

The industrial action pertains to the appointment of temporary mail workers into permanent positions. The SA Post Office is in the process of converting temporary posts into permanent positions.

Strike leads to closure of post offices

Several post offices around the city have been closed to ensure safety of employees and customers after a two-week unprotected strike turned violent.

Several post offices and mail delivery depots were still closed on Monday because of an ongoing strike and violent protests by casual and part-time post office employees.

SA Post Office officials said the closures were aimed at ensuring the safety of employees and customers. Dismissals are also on the cards for striking workers.