Mzansi’s healthcare system IS ON LIFE SUPPORT
There are concerns the healthcare system might collapse if there is no intervention
IT seems everything is falling apart in South Africa, from Eskom falling into deep debt, to billions being spent on fruitless expenditure at local municipalities. It would now appear the healthcare system is also in shambles, with ill-equipped healthcare facilities, protests by staff and a lack of proper management plaguing hospitals. South Africa’s healthcare ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, has issued a warning that the country’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapsing.
THE ISSUED WARNING
Speaking during an interview on eNCA recently, Professor Malegapuru said, “I think the state of healthcare is collapsing and many people and studies have identified four things that are missing; infrastructure is collapsing, human resources in deficit, the governance of public hospitals is poor and the work ethic of staff is collapsing.”
Minister of health, Aaron Motsoaledi, then held a press conference to address Professor Malegapuru’s concerns. “The healthcare ombudsman is not a news analysts, political party or NGO; it is a statutory body, which works according to rules and regulations and gives reports. I want to know from which study or through which method did he arrive at the conclusion. He told me he meant to say if the country’s present laws are not changed urgently, it will emanate in the collapse of the healthcare system,” said the minister.
ADDRESSING THE ISSUES AT HAND
Aaron addressed most of the issues that were raised by the ombudsman, saying there is a plan of action that is already in place to deal with the issues the healthcare system is facing.
“I want to confess that some of the shortages of human resources is self-inflicted like what happened in the North West, where they stopped hiring people. After placing them under section 101B, we found many vacancies and could not understand why so many vacancies were left unfilled. I want to announce that before the end of the month, we would have advertised the first set of crucial posts in the North West and a further 223 vacancies would be advertised at the cost of R150 million. We are mostly aware of poor management skills in most of our provinces because of wrong employment practises, like appointing people in wrong places without them having right skills,” he said.
COSATU WANTS THE MINISTER OUT
The trade union Cosatu believes that firing Minister Aaron would salvage the failing healthcare system. They say they are not pleased that he has never taken responsibility for the problems over the years.
“We support the decisions taken by the national government over the years to intervene and rescue the healthcare system in many provinces, but the problem starts with the Department of Health under his leadership,” read part of their press statement.
Cosatu has called for the Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi to be fired as he’s failing the public