Government will reprioritise funds to make R350m available to recruit new health professionals, says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.
The Minister tabled the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
“Access to healthcare services is enshrined in our Constitution and in our Bill of Rights. We will continue to work closely with the national Department of Health and other role players to ensure that the gradual phased implementation of the National Health Insurance is adequately financed.
“We are immediately reprioritising R350m to recruit in excess of 2,000 health professionals into public health facilities,” he said.
Mboweni said a further reprioritisation of funds will avail R150m to be used to purchase beds and linen for hospitals where the need is more dire.
These two interventions will build on the Presidential Health Summit convened last weekend, which has brought a new focus to improving the quality of healthcar Continue reading…
The South African Committee of Medical Deans (SACoMD) has called on the government to take drastic steps to address the ongoing health crisis in the country.
In a statement‚ the committee said that despite multiple interventions on the part of the minister of health and the National Department of Health‚ it was of the view that the health system in South Africa remained in crisis.
“The Cabinet’s recent decision to place the North West Health Department under administration of the national government in the wake of the health worker protests and the appointment of the Intervention Task Team in the Gauteng Health Department to advise on a turn-around strategy are indicative of a limping and indeed failing health system‚” the committee said. “The Deans are calling on Government to take drastic steps to address the systemic failures in the provincial health departments as a matter of priority‚” it added. Continue reading…