Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez is the health news editor at the M&G. Lopez has covered health for more than 10 years, working for Irin, Doctors Without Borders and the Open Society Foundations. She was the print editor of Health-e News Service and has won numerous awards. Lopez has a passion for getting the science right and understanding how health policies affect everyday people. Otherwise you’ll find her reading non-fiction and hot gluing things to, well, other things.


Ace Magashule’s wild Free State: Activists faced intimidation, whistle-blowers fled

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Death threats and intimidation drove one man to leave the country after exposing crumbling conditions within the province’s health system.


What free education could cost us

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Saturday’s surprise announcement could be the latest blow to the country’s bid for better healthcare.


Motsoaledi to provinces: 'Fund junior doctor internships, or I might sue you.'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The health minister warns finding the money for junior doctor placements is not voluntary, it's what the law prescribes.


#LifeEsidimeni: This official may have just thrown Mahlangu under the bus

Suspended head of Gauteng health Barney Selebano's court bid to avoid testifying at the ongoing arbitration could keep him off the stand for months.


[EXCLUSIVE] Qedani Mahlangu is not a registered student at alleged London school

Bhekisisa can reveal Mahlangu is not a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science after lodging a Freedom of Information request.


#LifeEsidimeni: Mahlangu’s alleged school confirms no exams scheduled

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Meanwhile, the London School of Economics and Political Science says it cannot confirm Qedani Mahlangu is a student.


London school refuses to confirm former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is a student

Eleven Gauteng health employees were singled out for censure. Now, only two have been suspended and garnered an alleged R1.3-million in wages.


#LifeEsidimeni: Why seemingly good people came to do very, very bad things

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

At least 141 mental health patients. As officials take the stand as part of arbitration hearings, a disturbing thread runs through their testimonies.


#LifeEsidimeni: Former Gauteng Health MEC Mahlangu visited deadly Cullinan NGOs

Social worker says mental health patients' lives could have been saved if senior officials visited facilities. Bhekisisa has evidence they did.


So, can or can't South Africans tell government how sex work should be regulated?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Activists have been told that government wants to hear their views, but without draft legislation their input is of little value.